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Ghost Signage Midwest


Webster Cigars
Detroit, MI
Photos and info courtesy Richard Weiss

Here are a few pictures from July 2008 showing an old ghost sign for Webster Cigars on an abandoned building in a forgotten part of Detroit. It is in fact one of the most elaborate ghost signs seen anywhere. 07-08



Beeman's Gum / Detroit Athletic Club
Detroit, MI
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

Here are some "ghost signs" that are located near Tiger Stadium. They are not really ghost signs in the true sense as they probably do not date back very far but ghost signs in the term that they are semi-old and faded. Check out the lettering on this one for Beeman's Gum.


Miles Theatre
Detroit, MI
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

The signs are on the back of several bars overlooking a parking lot next to Tiger Stadium. I have no idea what they were patterned after but they look like the out field of the stadium about 1915. This sign shows Miles Theatre.


Detroit, MI
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

The one for the Detroit Athletic Club is kind of strange in that the DAC was and still is an exclusive club for the wealthy,  Besides the "Accept no Imitations" seems to be a more modern term. The ironic thing is that the DAC now overlooks the new ball park. The DAC was designed by Albert Kahn in about 1921. 07-08



Tates Tires
Toledo, OH
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

This ghost sign located on this wall in Toledo, OH is for Tates Tires. Not sure if this is the original name or if it stands for something else like States Tires. 08-08



Roy Bennett Furniture
Quincy, IN
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

The Roy Bennett Furniture still features its old building and sign as it withstands the test of time in Quincy, IN. 09-08



Quaker Oats
Owosso, MI
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

In Owosso, they had recently torn down a building revealing part of an old Quaker Oats sign. It appears that when the recently town down building was built, they must have plastered over the remaining exposed brick wall of the building next door and of course the Quaker Oats sign. If you look close it seems as though Quaker Oats was painted over an earlier sign. 10-08










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