Monday, November 28, 2016

Wallet Card in Chicago: Ghost Signs

Found a few "ghost signs" in my visit to Chicago.

The Boston Store was a department store that opened in Chicago in 1906. The store was bought by Federated Department Stores in 1948 and was close soon after.
Amazon Hose & Rubber opened in Chicago in 1919 and is still in existence today at three Florida locations. They no longer exist in Chicago, however. Looks like windows were added to this building some time after this sign was painted.
 If you zoom in to the top of the building in the center of this photo you will find a realty sign with an old phone exchange - HA7-2554. You can see a clearer photo of the sign here.

1 comment:

  1. There are some great resources for ghost signs in Chicago:

    This Flickr group:

    Geoffrey Baer did a WTTW special about them called Hidden Chicago:

    There is this online database you can contribute to keep up to date: