Ghost Signs and Faded Ads
Roxy's Sporting Goods Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

1. Roxy's Sporting Goods Ghost Sign

116 Market St (Letitia Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Center City East · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: Front vertical columns read "LEATHER GOODS" and "HUNTING GOODS". Main side panel has illustration of a happy fisherman, brand names, "SHOT GUN SHELLS - FOR QUICK RELIEF - HOT DROPS(?) - 10¢". Read more.

Grand Theater Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

2. Grand Theater Ghost Sign

2026 S 7th St (Snyder Avenue), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Bella Vista - Southwark · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "Grand Theatre - TALKIES - Matinee Daily." Converted from church to moviehouse in 1911. Silent films and vaudeville acts. 900 seats, 1 screen, charged more than other theaters because air conditioned. Read more.

Klosfit Petticoat Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

3. Klosfit Petticoat Ghost Sign

314 Arch Street (3rd Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Center City East · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "Klosfit Petticoat... fits without... wrinkles..." Advertisement for women's undergarments. These items were available at a business a few blocks down on Arch Street. Read more.

Hope Machine Company Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

4. Hope Machine Company Ghost Sign

2312 North 2nd Street (Dauphin Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "HOPE MACHINE CO. Engineers and Machinists. Automobiles Repaired. Steam & Gas Engines Repaired." Area still houses garages and sales lots; auto industry has been here since earliest days of motoring.

Haverford Bicycle Company Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

5. Haverford Bicycle Company Ghost Sign

448 N 10th St (Hamilton Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "The Bicycle with the National Reputation". Vertical signs read "BLACK BEAUTY." HBC owner Max Sladkin purchased the property in 1919 to manufacture bicycles and bicycle parts. Other signage as well Read more.

Uncle Bill's Money To Loan Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

6. Uncle Bill's Money To Loan Ghost Sign

1303 West Moyamensing Avenue (Clarion Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · South Philadelphia East · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: Lettering has been exposed for a long time, and as the years pass, the words become clearer. The whole facade along Moyamensing is covered in signage, and it continues around the corner on Clarion. Read more.

Esslinger's Brewery Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

7. Esslinger's Brewery Ghost Sign

410 North 10th Street (Ridge Avenue), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: The Esslinger Brewery used an iconic yellow and red script logo. Some of these colors and letters are still visible in this collage of overlapping signage. Read more.

John Evans’ Sons Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

8. John Evans’ Sons Ghost Sign

506 North 13th Street (Nectarine Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "John Evans' Sons, Inc." Oldest springmaker in the United States, still in business today. This building housed the business from 1870 to 1967. Read more.

B. Schapiro & Bro. Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

9. B. Schapiro & Bro. Ghost Sign

41 N 3rd St (Filbert Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Center City East · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: Located at entrance to Trotter's Alley, a blue-brick alley leading through the storefront buildings to a courtyard behind. Unsure of authenticity, may have been painted for the movie "Beloved." Read more.

Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

10. Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse Ghost Sign

1100 N Delaware Ave (Shackamaxon Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Northern Liberties - Fishtown · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse, 1921. "Rope and Canvas, Anchors and Chains, Canvas Covers, Boat Supplies, New and Used Rope, Blocks and Falls, Blasting Mats, We Buy Old Rope." Read more.

Stanley's Loans Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

11. Stanley's Loans Ghost Sign

1293 East Snyder Avenue (13th Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Bella Vista - Southwark · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: From left to right on 13th Street facade: "MONEY LUGGAGE CLOTHING WATCHES DIAMONDS MONEY"; Snyder facade reads ""STANLEY'S (?) LOANS" and "GOODS OF VALUE" Read more.

15¢ Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

12. 15¢ Ghost Sign

901 N 2nd St (Poplar Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Northern Liberties - Fishtown · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "15¢" Seems to have been part of a larger sign, visible up close on the 2nd floor outdoor deck at The Standard Tap. Read more.

Society Hill Furniture / Wurlitzer Piano Ghost Signs is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

13. Society Hill Furniture / Wurlitzer Piano Ghost Signs

1033 Chestnut St (11th Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Center City East · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: Brightly colored ads for Society Hill Furniture; just beneath are fairly visible ads for Wurlitzer. Named the Wurlitzer Piano Building, was built in 1894 to serve as a showroom for their pianos. Read more.

Block Go-Carts Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

14. Block Go-Carts Ghost Sign

1134-1148 N American St (George Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Northern Liberties - Fishtown · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "Block Go-Carts", located here in the 1920s; older signage appears beneath, other signage illegible. Read more.

Piedmont Cigarettes Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

15. Piedmont Cigarettes Ghost Sign

447 Poplar St (Bishop Neumann Way), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Northern Liberties - Fishtown · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "Piedmont" in angled script, with faint pack of cigarettes next to the "5¢" at the right. Piedmont was a popular cigarette brand around 1910, due to inserting baseball cards in their packs. Read more.

Joseph Cornelius Upholsterer Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

16. Joseph Cornelius Upholsterer Ghost Sign

710 S 50th St, Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · West Philadelphia · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: The storefront here perhaps housed the retail store or workshop of "Joseph Cornelius, John Wanamaker Upholsterer” at one time - it is unsure. Interesting lettering nonetheless. Read more.

Edwin J. Cummings Family and Steam Coal House Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

17. Edwin J. Cummings Family and Steam Coal House Ghost Sign

408 North 13th Street (Clarion Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: Last remaining coalyard building on 13th street.Most of the sign on the facade of this small structure is illegible, but at bottom right you can read "CUMMINGS COAL" Read more.

Philadelphia Belting Company Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

18. Philadelphia Belting Company Ghost Sign

601 Spring Garden St (6th Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip

Lawrence O.Lawrence O'Toole: "MANUFACTURERS LEATHER BELTING" The company manufactured belting for use with engines and tooling (as opposed to those used in keeping up one’s pants). Read more.

Parke’s Coffee / Adolph Fruchter Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

19. Parke’s Coffee / Adolph Fruchter Ghost Sign

1120 N Front St (Wildey Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Northern Liberties - Fishtown · 1 tip
IDEAL Stencil Machines / TRINER Scales Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

20. IDEAL Stencil Machines / TRINER Scales Ghost Sign

122 Arch St (Mascher Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Center City East · 1 tip
Shein's Express Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

21. Shein's Express Ghost Sign

49 East Laurel Street (Front Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Northern Liberties - Fishtown · 1 tip
Peter Woll & Sons Curled Hair Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

22. Peter Woll & Sons Curled Hair Ghost Sign

174 West Berks Street (Mutter Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip
Peter Woll & Sons Feather Co. Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

23. Peter Woll & Sons Feather Co. Ghost Sign

175 W Berks St (Hancock Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · North Philadelphia · 1 tip
Supplee-Wills-Jones Milk Ghost Sign is one of Ghost Signs and Faded Ads.

24. Supplee-Wills-Jones Milk Ghost Sign

457 Fairmount Ave (5th Street), Philadelphia, PA
Historic Site · Northern Liberties - Fishtown · 1 tip