I am constantly wandering around the older parts of Peoria and I notice a lot of history that is slowly fading one day at a time.
Ghost signs have become a little bit of a thing with me. Ghost signs are those old advertisements or company signs that were painted onto brick buildings many years ago. Because times, they have been a changin’, these remnants of the past haven’t been refreshed with a new coat of paint in decades.
There is a cult following of preservationists, mural lovers, and photographers out there. To be honest, I hadn’t really appreciated these until moving back to Illinois. Living in Dallas, there really aren’t a lot of these in the recently built, sprawling Metroplex to enjoy.
In this day and age of digital billboards, ad-wrapped cars, and plastic, cartoony signs standing 50 feet in the air, you often don’t notice ghost signs unless you know what they are.
Here is a brief definition on Wikipedia: Ghost Signs
A really cool Flickr group with 22,916 pictures: Flickr
This very awesome project out of Philadelphia: Ghost Sign Project
With Peoria’s burgeoning art scene, I definitely see some possibilities of bringing some of the past into the present. Not just in repainting the old, but creating new. Mixing murals with building beautification.
Here is just a taste of what’s hidden around town. Figure out if you know where these are at. Do you have a favorite? Is there a business or a building that you think could be brought to life with a little paint?
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