Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Ghost Signs Clues to Downtown New York's Past by Frank Mastropolo

Have you ever driven through a town and looked up at the old buildings and seen advertisements painted on them? This book is about those advertisements. From the early 1900's to the 1960's people referred to as "WallDogs" hand painted these advertisements on the buildings. It could be advertisements from different businesses all across the city or the products themselves. Do you know why a lot of these ads are still visible some over 100 years old? They were painted with lead paint. The colors are faded but the white lead paint is still bright and easy to read on a lot of the buildings.

There are also the molded insignia's on some buildings and the hanging signs both metal and glass in front of buildings stating names of long gone business.

Frank Mastropolo has done an amazing job with this book. He takes you through New York City and points out the many Ghost signs. He tells you where to look an even gives you a photograph in the book. This book could be used as a day trip guide and scavenger hunt. It is very informative and the photos are great. It also gives you something to stop and think about and to look for next time you are riding through town.

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