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Published: 9/11/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago


Toledo Magazine: Ghost signs

Ghost signs, or fading signs on building exteriors that hawk an obsolete product, advertise a long-gone company or an old trademark, hold a clue to the history of several buildings throughout Toledo. White lettering is usually what remains of the original sign, because white paint deteriorates more slowly than colored paint. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

A sign on South St. Clair at Washington Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign on South St. Clair at Washington Street.
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South Ontario Street's 'ghost sign.' Enlarge | Buy This Photo South Ontario Street's 'ghost sign.'
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A 'ghost sign' is left on a building on Wade Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A 'ghost sign' is left on a building on Wade Street.
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Remnants of a sign can be seen on this building on the 1500 block of Elm Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Remnants of a sign can be seen on this building on the 1500 block of Elm Street.
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A ghost sign for a drug store remains on Broadway Avenue at Colburn Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A ghost sign for a drug store remains on Broadway Avenue at Colburn Street.
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Ghost sign at North Huron and Washington Streets in downtown Toledo advertises a moving and storage company. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ghost sign at North Huron and Washington Streets in downtown Toledo advertises a moving and storage company.
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The Consumers Dairy Co. on City Park Avenue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Consumers Dairy Co. on City Park Avenue.
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Ghost signs are barely visible on the stone of buildings on Wade street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ghost signs are barely visible on the stone of buildings on Wade street.
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A faded sign announces Mellocraft Packaging Paper Products Maintenance Chemicals Supplies & Equipment on Locust Street between George and Utica streets. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A faded sign announces Mellocraft Packaging Paper Products Maintenance Chemicals Supplies & Equipment on Locust Street between George and Utica ...
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Quaker Oats sign at Broadway and Balfe street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Quaker Oats sign at Broadway and Balfe street.
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Page Dairy Co. Garage on Wade Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Page Dairy Co. Garage on Wade Street.
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Park Hotel on Knapp Street at Broadway. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Park Hotel on Knapp Street at Broadway.
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Park Hotel on Knapp Street at Broadway. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Park Hotel on Knapp Street at Broadway.
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Reger's Church Supplies sign at 125 N. Erie Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Reger's Church Supplies sign at 125 N. Erie Street.
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A sign at 421 N. Huron St. advertises furs. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign at 421 N. Huron St. advertises furs.
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White paint is all that remains of a sign at 125 Erie St. Enlarge | Buy This Photo White paint is all that remains of a sign at 125 Erie St.
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The white paint of a sign is barely visible between the bottom two rows of windows on this Toledo building. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The white paint of a sign is barely visible between the bottom two rows of windows on this Toledo building.
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A sign advertises Williams Provision Co. at Lucas and Vance streets. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign advertises Williams Provision Co. at Lucas and Vance streets.
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Letters are barely visible on a sign at 715 Jefferson Ave. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Letters are barely visible on a sign at 715 Jefferson Ave.
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Signs for Lucas County Board of Elections, Gerity Products, Inc., and The Stanwalt Hotel cover buildings in Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Signs for Lucas County Board of Elections, Gerity Products, Inc., and The Stanwalt Hotel cover buildings in Toledo.
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Great Lakes Terminal Warehouse on Morris Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Great Lakes Terminal Warehouse on Morris Street.
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Mohr Bros. Bottling at Palmer and Lagrange streets. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mohr Bros. Bottling at Palmer and Lagrange streets.
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A sign for Sin-Ko at Lucas and Vance streets. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign for Sin-Ko at Lucas and Vance streets.
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A sign for Merle's Footwear at 3455 Stickney Ave., Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign for Merle's Footwear at 3455 Stickney Ave., Toledo.
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Greenery begins to overtake a sign on the 1500 block of Elm Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Greenery begins to overtake a sign on the 1500 block of Elm Street.
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A sign for the Brown, Eager & Hull Company on Monroe Street. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign for the Brown, Eager & Hull Company on Monroe Street.
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