Typically, Ghost Signs are the remains of advertising signs which were hand-painted into the brickwork of buildings.
A thread which ran from 2009 to 2012 on boards.ie collected images of Dublin’s Ghost Signs, not only the hand-painted advertising, but also the remains of signage of companies which have since gone out of business. Their signs often remain.
There are many Ghost Signs enthusiasts who focus specifically on hand-painted signs. The most comprehensive collection is http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk/, a collection of over 500 posts, created by Sam Roberts.
This Dublin Ghost Signs blog features a number of Dublin’s traditional hand-painted signs, but as it is inspired by the boards.ie thread, it also features signs for businesses which no longer operate. Find all the traditional ghost signs at this link, or just browse the site to see a part of Dublin’s history through its signs.
If you know of any ghost signs which you think should be included here, please email dublinghostsigns [at] gmail [dot] com or via one of the methods on the contact page.
Dublin Ghost Signs is also using historypin, which is a digital, user-generated archive of historical photos, videos, audio recordings and personal recollections. Users are able to use the location and date of their content to “pin” it to Google Maps. Check out #DublinGhostSigns pins here.
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