Are you familiar with ghost signs? I only recently became aware of this phenomenon when a friend posted some photos of local ghost signs, on Facebook. From then on, I was hooked.
What is a ghost sign? I searched for a definition and I concluded that it is basically the remains – usually faded – of a painted advertising sign on a building.
If you want to find out everything there is to know about ghost signs, I would recommend the brilliant website:
Mr Ghostsigns (blogger Sam Roberts) also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You might be wondering where is the French link?
Well, I’m now on the hunt for ghost signs in France. Here is one in Castelnaudary.
I have seen others but they’ve either been when I’m driving or when I would have to stand in the middle of a busy road to get a decent shot. I’m now a woman on a mission, so watch this space!
In the meantime, here is an interesting sign I spotted in Toulouse. As it is not painted, I’m not sure if it counts as a ghost sign but I like it anyway.
Here’s a similar one which is on the wall of a former flour mill.
I’m still not one hundred percent sure how to translate ‘ghost signs’ into French. Are they ‘les murs peints publicitaires’ or ‘les publicités peintes’? I’m hoping someone out there might be able to enlighten me.
My hunt for ghost signs will continue. Does anyone else find them fascinating? I’d love to know!