The Ghostsigns Project, is a collaborative national effort to photograph, research and archive the remaining examples of hand painted wall advertising in the UK and Ireland.
Typically, Ghostsigns are faded remains of advertising that was once painted by hand onto the brickwork of buildings. They can be found in cities, towns and villages across the country advertising many different products and services, some familiar, some less so.
Many signs have survived until today but many more have been lost due to weathering, being painted over or their host building being destroyed. The project has created a permanent record of their existence for the benefit of our own and future generations’ understanding of this important but often overlooked part of our commercial, craft and advertising history. The work of pulling this together has been co-ordinated among photographers, researchers and other volunteers via the web and is now available as an online archive hosted by the History of Advertising Trust.
Check out their website and their Flickr group. If you spot any why not photograph it and submit it to the archive!
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Up There - The Dying Art of Hand-Painted Advertisements
The film examines the dying art of hand-painted advertisements, or ghost signs. With the rise of supergraphics in recent years — large vinyl banners designed to cover entire sides of buildings — the relevance and cost-effectiveness of paying to have advertisements painted by hand is in question. Up There, produced by Mother New York and Stella Artois, examines this fading art through the stories of a group of New York painters who continue to hand paint these advertisements.