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Fading and Beautiful Ghost Signs in New York City

However unceasing our culture’s push towards modernity, there are, thankfully, some things that stick with us. In Fading Ads of New York City, recently published by the History Press, Frank H. Jump collects photographs of the fading ghost signs of New York, a project that he began after learning he was H.I.V. positive at age 26. Jump wrote, “The sense of urgency I felt every day drove me to document New York’s fading advertisements, and capture the marks left by artists and artisans, most long since dead, who spent their lives painting huge commercial murals over the last 150 years.” There are thousands of these fading signs all over the country, especially in New York. Some are beautiful in design, some are funny, some are almost gone. Click through to see a few of our favorite finds, from Jump’s book and beyond.


“McLean Bowl-O-Drome,” on Nereid Avenue in the Bronx. [via]