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August 11, 2007

Ghost Signs — Episode 2: London Fields


Known as "brickads" in London, England, ghost signs are evidence of businesses and companies of the past painted on the sides of their now repurposed buildings.


Sam Roberts, my London correspondent, commenting on July 17, 2007 on Episode 1, a November 7, 2005 post entitled "The 'Ghost Signs' of New York," wrote, "Really interesting research, I must get over to New York sometime! I write about these signs regularly at www.ghostsigns.co.uk. Also, some research on preservation/protection can be found at brickads.blogspot.com/search/label/Protection."


Duly noted.


Above, brickads from Sam's collection.

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Hey Joe,
Thanks for profiling some of the signs. There are so many more in USA than over here in UK but I'm finding more and more all the time. The Gillette one above is currently my favourite, although I believe the picture you've used is actually from Frank Jump who is based in New York. He can be found at http://fadingad.wordpress.com/
Also, my full collection can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/82514380@N00/sets/
Thanks for the plug, more at http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk

Posted by: Sam Roberts | Aug 12, 2007 2:10:13 PM

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