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ghostsigns "Beaumont's Foremost Store" . . . (no more). #Ghostsign painted on the side of a long-vacant-but-beautiful historic building in downtown Beaumont, Texas. Note: In editing this photo, I might've fiddled with EVERY option in IG's new editing toolbox! The editing options seem similar to those in the Snapseed app, no? 1mon

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mollyblock The bottom #ghostsign says "Duncan's Admiration 100% Pure High Grade Coffee. The Cup of Southern Hospitality." (Admiration was an early brand of Duncan Coffee Co., which was founded in Houston in 1918 and later sold to the Coca-Cola Company.) Above that, near the top of the wall, the words "three flavors" were a part of the tagline "One quality -- three flavors" used in the 1920s to advertise Karo Syrup. What this wall also says (in my opinion) is that whoever demolished the formerly attached building didn't feel the need to remove all the plaster, which is a bummer for us #vintagesign #signgeeks! (So, do any of you have a really tall ladder we can borrow for a day or so?! I'll bring a hammer, chisel, and brushes . . . and beer!) #ghostsignsTexas #multipleghostsigns (Location: Downtown Port Arthur, Texas.) 1mon
  •   33agogo Great capture! 1mon
  •   weprintforyou Looks Fab! 1mon
  •   roadsidepeek Interesting. Nice job! 1mon
  •   mollyblock @33agogo Thanks, Miho! 1mon
  •   mollyblock @roadsidepeek Thanks, Syd! 1mon
  •   ned_bunnell Very cool 1mon
  •   mollyblock @ned_bunnell Thanks, Ned! Love seeing these old wall signs. There's a handful in Orange County that I hope to have time to see next month when I'm in southern California. When I lived in OC (1990s), my interests didn't include documenting vintage roadside finds. Probably a lot has disappeared between then and now! 1mon
  •   elnon66 If you're in LA during June, there is going to be a group show of vintage signs at our gallery. Hope you can drop by! 1mon

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ghostsigns #GhostsignsTexas, continued: Very faded and partially obscured on a wall in Waxahachie, Texas: This is the first Rexall Drug #ghostsign I can remember seeing. I think it says "Curlin Drug Co." above it. Pretty cool. 2mon

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ghostsigns In a narrow alley in downtown Palestine, Texas: Love old Dr. Pepper signs such as this one with the word "Dr." still spelled with a period. {#ghostsign #ghostsigns} 2mon
  •   ghostsigns @jkloucks Thank you! I still post some ghost sign photos to my primary IG account (@mollyblock), but I do like have this dedicated account, too! 2mon
  •   breezylake Love! 1mon
  •   palestinetx Cool! Thanks for sharing @ghostsigns 1mon
  •   ghostsigns @palestinetx @breezylake -- This was a fun wall to shoot. I had to roll two recycling carts out of the way! (I later put them back where I found them!) BTW, I stopped by your office when I drove through town in early April. It was a spur-of-the moment thing. Would've been great to have met you! 1mon
  •   breezylake @ghostsigns shoot! So sorry I missed you. Please stop back by when you are back in town. We love your photos:) Thanks for sharing and loving East Texas! 1mon
  •   ghostsigns @breezylake Will do -- and thanks! I don't remember the name of the woman who was there when I stopped by -- Laura, maybe? Anyway, she was very nice! 1mon
  •   breezylake @ghostsigns yes Laura...she is our Main Street Manager:-). Hope to see you soon! 1mon

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ghostsigns More traveling = more spotting of #ghostsignsTexas (I know, not a big surprise to many of you ): Here, old Firestone signage was exposed when a dilapidated, attached building was demolished. And now this vacant building's roof has collapsed, increasing the likelihood that this still-standing building will be demolished [which, apparently, has been the fate of several old buildings here in (pretty vacant) downtown Port Arthur, Texas]. #ghostsign #multipleghostsigns #Hipstamatic #pureHipstamatic 3mon

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mollyblock It's been sooooo long since I last posted a photo of a ghost sign that I let the third anniversary of the launch of the #ghostsign tag on IG slip by without acknowledging it. So, without further ado, I hereby give props to all ya'll reading this who have included the ghostsign tag on your shots of #ghostsigns!! (Also, apologies -- I haven't glanced at what's been tagged with the #ghostsign tag in ages.) About this #ghostsignsTexas Beech-Nut shot: It was taken in the rain last Sunday, April 6, in Anna, Texas. Fun fact: In the early 1900s, Beech-Nut brand bacon was sold in glass jars. Also: This building dates back to the 1890s, per info on the @TxHistComm historical marker that's visible on the left. (For the full marker inscription, read comment that follows below.) 3mon
  •   skynoir Very cool ghost sign! 3mon
  •   mollyblock @skynoir It is very cool! And very large -- the angle at which I shot this sort of compresses how long the wall appears to be! 3mon
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  •   clive78757 Very nice! I was there in the morning and the sun was not cooperating with me. 2mon
  •   mollyblock @clive78757 Thanks, Greg! My stop there was in cold rain. (First weekend in April and the high temp for the day was 50-something?!) The photo I posted from there on FB not only shows the front of the building, but also shows the rain. :) Seems my visits to the Dallas area tend to be accompanied by rain! 2mon

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ghostsigns Long-vacant -- in Thornton, Texas (pop. 530). #pureHipstamatic 5mon

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johnmmilton This #ghostsign was found while I was downtown last weekend. I can't imagine renting a room for $1! 5mon

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mollyblock I drove home this week on Texas Highway 14 which, in a 70-mile stretch, passes through seven small towns. A short detour from one of the towns leads to Coolidge, Texas (pop. 963), where this long "FURNITURE UNDERTAKER" ghost sign can be seen from the main street. (Well, pretty much the word "FURNITURE" is visible; too many vines, debris, and other things obscure both the word "UNDERTAKER" and other letters on the top part of the wall.) Have you ever seen a sign or anything else that advertises a "furniture undertaker"? I must say this is my first. Stay tuned for shots from the towns of Kosse, Thornton, and more. To see a ghost sign photo I've already posted from the town of Bremond, check out the @ghostsigns account. 5mon

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ghostsigns In the cold rain, in Bremond, Texas (pop. 936): #Ghostsign -- one of two #ghostsigns, actually -- for Wayne Feeds (founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1916). On the side of an abandoned feed mill and store, facing railroad tracks. 5mon

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mollyblock On Facebook, when my long-time (but not old!) friend from middle school, @angelacdickerson, wished me a happy birthday, she added how fitting it was that she'd just seen a ghost sign painted on a barn in Goliad, Texas. I mentioned that if the sign advertised something other than "Grand Prize Beer," she needed to let me know what it was. Turns out, Angela had indeed spotted this Grand Prize Beer -- "Texas' largest seller" -- sign . . . which reminded me of the photos, including this one, from May 2013 on my iPhone's camera roll. The little I've read about Grand Prize mentions its heyday was the late 1940s, which is when the tagline "Texas' largest seller" appears to have been used. Houston-based Gulf Brewing Company, owned by business tycoon Howard Hughes, produced Grand Prize from the 1930s-1960s. #GoliadTX #latergram #ghostsignsTexas 5mon

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ghostsigns REMINDER: If you haven't already voted on the #ghostsign photos to be featured in a calendar of #ghostsigns from around the world, you can still do so this week . . . just click on the Facebook link in my IG profile above , and add your "likes" to your favorite photos in the album on the Ghostsigns FB page. Easy! Pictured: One of my (@mollyblock) fave Texas ghost sign photos. 8mon
  •   ghostsigns @jfpo Thank you, John! It would be fun to have one or more photos included! 8mon
  •   geoffpeveto That Emporium building is so cool. So much junk inside. 8mon
  •   ghostsigns @geoffpeveto It is! I saw that you stopped by over the weekend (with the @ilovetexasphoto pics). Have you gone upstairs there or in the area in the back? I've bought a couple of things from there. Someone mentioned recently she thought the building was on the market. 8mon
  •   geoffpeveto Yep, always go upstairs. I don't think they bring in that much new stuff but I always find something I didn't see before. So much crap. Cleaning out that building would be awesome and a nightmare at the same time. 8mon
  •   karoloka You've got a beautiful gallery 8mon
  •   mollyblock @karoloka Hi and thanks! 8mon
  •   mollyblock @karoloka I'm still signed into my primary account -- just saw your notification pop up on my screen and didn't realize it was for a photo in my @ghostsigns account. :) 8mon

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paulmayeux Here's one for you @dadofmojo Plaster is starting to fall off a building in Fort Worth revealing the hidden treasure. #signage #retrosign #justsigns 8mon

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palestinetx Halloween is the perfect day to share this photo by @ghostsigns "Facing the railroad tracks in Palestine, Texas, a barely legible #ghostsign for Pearlstone Grocery Company, Wholesale Grocers -- which opened in this building in 1913.
#ghostsignsTexas
#ghostsigns
#PalestineTX" #txforesttrail
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ghostsigns Facing the railroad tracks in Palestine, Texas, a barely legible #ghostsign for Pearlstone Grocery Company, Wholesale Grocers -- which opened in this building in 1913.
#ghostsignsTexas
#ghostsigns
#PalestineTX
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ghostsigns I'm guessing that these doors, which appear to be old, were added later because they cut into the barely visible word "Reliable," in the Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco tagline "The Old Reliable." The other side of this abandoned building also features a Durham #ghostsign and other fading #ghostsigns. On Elm Street, in Waco, Texas. #ghostsignsTexas 9mon

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mollyblock Well, this is pretty cool. The two side walls of this old, abandoned building on Elm Street in Waco, Texas, feature #multipleghostsigns. On this side, a fading "United States Tires" ad is pretty clear, as is the word "Durham," as in Durham Smoking Tobacco. (The building is so deep/long that I cropped the left end of it, which is where "Durham" appears.) Other words to the left of this area include "Texas," and more. However, it wasn't until I applied an IG filter to this shot that I could make out several words above "Furniture." What's now semi-legible (to me, at least)? "Relieves Fatigue" and "Sold Everywhere" -- parts of a Coca-Cola slogan dating back to the early 1900s! Do you see those words, too?
BTW, the total number of photos tagged on IG with the #ghostsign tag is fast approaching 10,000. I suspect we'll exceed 10,000 in the next day or two. Whoo-hoo!
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ghostsigns In Palestine, Texas: An array of historic architecture and vintage signage, including this "COOK WITH GAS." #ghostsign, contributes to the city's charm. This particular wall faces another building that's maybe six or so feet away from it; it's fun to walk through the alley that separates the two buildings. To take this photo, I actually stood with my back against the other wall, but still couldn't get the entire ghost sign to fit into my iPhone camera's view! For more scenes from around town, check out the #PalestineTX tag and/or click on this photo's geotag. #ghostsignsTexas 9mon

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mollyblock Hey, I'm back! Over the past couple of years, I've taken breaks from IG for various reasons, but this past week involved a different one: I thought I'd come across yet another instance of another IG-er posting (a.k.a. stealing) *my* photos on IG. [In case you aren't aware of it: Earlier this year, I learned, thanks to several of you, about IG-ers who were posting other photographers' vintage sign photos, including mine, without giving us credit. Making matters worse: When the offending IG-ers were asked to delete the uncredited photos that weren't theirs, those IG-ers made me, and several of my fab friends who repeatedly asked that the photos be deleted, feel like *we* were the bad guys. Sadly, I'm aware that at least one of the previous IG offenders still speaks poorly of me, as if the photo-posting wrongdoing had been mine, not his. :-(] Anyway, I'm back because I'm still bullish on IG! Now, about this current photo: I tried to crop it so it was clear that the front of the building on which this Coke ghost sign is painted is curved. Why the building was designed this way is a mystery to me; I think it's pretty cool-looking nonetheless. In related news: I have a batch of photos on my iPhone's camera roll that I have not yet posted on IG, but want to . . . so, stay tuned! 10mon
  •   amhub @mollyblock please don't stop ig just because of some jerks. Your pictures and stories behind them always inspire me. And I still have that old gas station in my sights. 10mon
  •   mollyblock @amhub Thank you for that. We'll see how things go. I was wondering just last week if anything had changed with that building or with the rest of Main Street there. 10mon
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  •   lemonaidesoda that's just bizarre someone stole your photos. The fun is in going out & finding these treasures! I've left IG for issues with people at one time, too. I have a particularly strange person I left Pinterest over. Her thing to do is correct whatever caption I have made on links or photos, down to the year. Even after being blocked for over a year here on IG she will @ me and correct whatever comments I have made on others photos that she also follows. It's very strange. You did the right thing telling this person how you felt. I regret not having the courage to tell this person how inappropriate and how much of a downer they were. 10mon
  •   mollyblock @kreepykakes Thanks for all that! (Apologies for the delayed reply!) The experience you describe with that woman on Pinterest and IG sounds so bizarre. 10mon
  •   signpix Molly-love your gallery especially the stories of when/where, great stuff! Regarding the above mentioned thief, I just have 1 word for you...sprocketbrewster ? 10mon
  •   mollyblock @signpix Hi Jim -- thanks for all that! Yeah, I just caught a little of the possible duplicates of sprocket's and @recapturist's. I haven't seen anything in sprocket's gallery that looks similar to my shots, thankfully. 10mon

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