If you ever wondered about some old faded murals on buildings and the history behind them, this is a book that will interest you.
Ghost Signs is a heaping helping of gorgeous old building signs and a history lesson about New York’s fledgling businesses. It was interesting to read about Wall Dog painters from the 1920 era when safety precautions took a backseat. I placed a link in for current painters called Wall Dogs.
There is a triangular marker embedded in the sidewalk to mark it as part of the Hess property estate. In 1910 there was a five story building called the Voorhis, owned by David Hess. It was seized by the city as eminent domain to place a subway through the area. During a review of surveys it was determined there was one triangular portion hat still belonged to the Hess Estate. This ,marker was placed to show it was never intended to for public purposes.
Did you know Gold Medal Flour was originally named Washburn Crosby’s Superlative Flour? In 1880 their first entry into an international millers’ competition won a gold medal.
There are more stories to share but it’s fun reading, educational too, learning how immigrants started small businesses, some of which became international.
Publication date is November 28, 2019. non-Fiction and Travel genre.
Much thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy.
3 thoughts on “Ghost Signs by Frank Mastropolo”
What a cool book. I’m one of those people who notices ghost signs, so I bet this would be a fun book for me.
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BFR, I notice the old signage and wonder about the history behind the businesses. It’s a cool book!
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