I’ve been photographing ghost signs in Glasgow before I was aware that the term existed.

My earliest picture is of the beautifully hand-painted Seafesh Fish Shop sign in Skirving Street, Shawlands, a perfect example of the sign-writers art and in lovely condition in 2007 but in a poor state of repair in 2020.

 

Another sign which is fading away is the ‘Everything in this window glass’ sign in Renfrew Street at Charing Cross, unlike some ghost signs, protected by being covered and revealed by building work, this one has always been open to the elements - the before and after pictures here show the difference a few years make.

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Some signs are revealed by building work for a few weeks before being covered up again for who knows how long, the ‘Dress Up’ fancy dress shop in Finnieston is a good example, featured in the Shops album and in volume 2 of Ghost Signs of Glasgow.

As well as hand-painted ghost signs, I’ve included some more modern shop signs, interesting, amusing or nicely designed examples of local shop art, the new ghost signs.

Many of the ghost signs here are fairly legible, often the result of being covered and protected by new signs, some however are very faded and fragmented with only a few letters recognisable, even these have a certain impressionist beauty to and I’ve included some in the Fragments album.

Click on the thumbnails in the albums to see the pictures full size. My Ghost Signs of Glasgow ebooks are free to download from my shop and feature many of the signs illustrated here.

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