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ghostsigns Captured on a rainy day: Partially uncovered #ghostsignsTexas #multipleghostsigns in Van Alstyne (pop. ~3,000). On the right, I can make out an ad for Selz Shoes -- $3.50! -- with what might be remnants of a faint Coca-Cola ghost painted over part of it. To the left of this, the remains of at least two other ghost signs can be seen. Selz Shoes wall ads are old -- Illinois-based Selz went out of business in 1929 -- and are pretty rare in Texas; I know of only one other Selz ad that exists in Texas. Fun fact: I lived about a mile from the Selz shoe factory (in Chicago's northwest suburbs) and know the family who owned the building from the 1950s-1990. (The building's since been converted to lofts.) Special note to those of you who have posted and/or continue to post items in the #GHOSTSIGN-tagged group: It's great to see what keeps getting added to the group! I (@mollyblock) hope to get back into the habit of regularly checking out the photos tagged with the #ghostsign tag! 6mon

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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? 8mon

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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} 8mon
  •   breezylake Love! 8mon
  •   palestinetx Cool! Thanks for sharing @ghostsigns 8mon
  •   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! 8mon
  •   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! 8mon
  •   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! 8mon
  •   breezylake @ghostsigns yes Laura...she is our Main Street Manager:-). Hope to see you soon! 8mon

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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 10mon

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ghostsigns Long-vacant -- in Thornton, Texas (pop. 530). #pureHipstamatic 12mon

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johnmmilton This #ghostsign was found while I was downtown last weekend. I can't imagine renting a room for $1! 12mon

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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. 12mon

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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. 1y
  •   ghostsigns @jfpo Thank you, John! It would be fun to have one or more photos included! 1y
  •   geoffpeveto That Emporium building is so cool. So much junk inside. 1y
  •   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. 1y
  •   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. 1y
  •   karoloka You've got a beautiful gallery 1y
  •   mollyblock @karoloka Hi and thanks! 1y
  •   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. :) 1y

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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
1y

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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
1y

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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 1y

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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 1y

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ghostsigns On Main Street in Schulenburg, Texas (pop. ~2,750): "Jo-Mil Feeds, For Livestock and Poultry." Also: "Genzer's Produce," described on the building's facade as offering "Feeds, Turkeys, Eggs and Pecans." I don't know how old the signage is, but I've found online mentions of Josey-Miller Feeds (a.k.a. Jo-Mil Feeds, a Beaumont, Texas-based company) that range from 1903 to the late 1940s. I think this building was vacant for quite some time; from my most recent peering in a front window, it looked like the building's being used to store miscellaneous stuff. For another view of the building and #ghostsigns, scroll down to the third-from-the-earliest post in the #ghostsignsTexas-tagged group. (Earlier photo posted from my @mollyblock account in March 2011.) Sweet historic building, for sure. 1y

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Normal Ghostsigns (aka @mollyblock)
ghostsigns Tobacco
10 cents
#ghostsign in Luling, Texas.
For a photo of the rest of the wall, where you can see the Battle Ax logo, see #ghostsignsgonebad.
#ghostsignsTexas
1y

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ghostsigns In Hico, Texas (pop. ~1,370): "Star Tobacco" -- "Reach For a Star." More from Hico: #ghostsignsHico #ghostsignsTexas 1y

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ghostsigns Here's the entire side wall of the Rush, Gardner, and Bartlett Co. building, which I was told was built in 1900, in downtown Marlin, Texas. (I've already posted -- to my @mollyblock IG account -- photos showing two of the sweet #ghostsign areas on this wall: one for "crockery-ware," and the other for "Moon Bros. buggies, wagons & farm implements." If you haven't seen 'em, click on this photo's geotag, or click on the #MarlinTX and/or #ghostsignsTexas tags.) Now I wonder if all signage on this wall dates back to 1900? Btw, do you see the typo in the Devoe Paint part?! 2y

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