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On the corner of Central Ave and Shurtleff Street in Chelsea is this set of bizarre double ghost signs. Each square has 2 ads from different time periods overlaying each other. On the left is “You’ll go for Y-KOF cough syrup” combined with “Visit our Fountain”. On the right is “Sold Drug Counters” covering an old Coca-Cola ad.

On the corner of Central Ave and Shurtleff Street in Chelsea is this set of bizarre double ghost signs. Each square has 2 ads from different time periods overlaying each other. On the left is “You’ll go for Y-KOF cough syrup” combined with “Visit our Fountain”. On the right is “Sold Drug Counters” covering an old Coca-Cola ad.

There’s no shortage of Coke ghost signs in the city and this one resides on the side of a brownstone on the corner of Rutland Square and Columbus Ave in the South End. Strangely enough it’s paired up with another aging painted sign on the same wall – a vintage logo of longtime rival Pepsi.

There’s no shortage of Coke ghost signs in the city and this one resides on the side of a brownstone on the corner of Rutland Square and Columbus Ave in the South End. Strangely enough it’s paired up with another aging painted sign on the same wall – a vintage logo of longtime rival Pepsi.

Villa Francesca is another one of those great Italian restaurants in in the North End and has one of the largest painted signs in the city. This well-hidden 4-story-tall beauty is tucked into the left side of the building and is blocked from view if you are walking from Hanover Street. 

Villa Francesca is another one of those great Italian restaurants in in the North End and has one of the largest painted signs in the city. This well-hidden 4-story-tall beauty is tucked into the left side of the building and is blocked from view if you are walking from Hanover Street. 

Suspension Specialists was was originally established by George Arcand in 1908, and was primarily a blacksmith shop fixing suspensions on horse carriages. They are still around servicing vehicles of all sizes, and sporting a classic red sign with a great sharp-angled typeface.

Suspension Specialists was was originally established by George Arcand in 1908, and was primarily a blacksmith shop fixing suspensions on horse carriages. They are still around servicing vehicles of all sizes, and sporting a classic red sign with a great sharp-angled typeface.

Around the corner from MIT in Cambridge is Metropolitan Storage’s massive brick century-old warehouse. It’s the largest self storage facility in New England, housing 260,000 square feet of storage space including 1,500 individually locked rooms.

Around the corner from MIT in Cambridge is Metropolitan Storage’s massive brick century-old warehouse. It’s the largest self storage facility in New England, housing 260,000 square feet of storage space including 1,500 individually locked rooms.

This multi-layered retro sign is the face for this mini golf joint in Saugus, but it usually plays second fiddle another tall structure on the property – a 12-foot high orange dinosaur that looms over Route 1.

This multi-layered retro sign is the face for this mini golf joint in Saugus, but it usually plays second fiddle another tall structure on the property – a 12-foot high orange dinosaur that looms over Route 1.

Painted during a time when doctors apparently treated diseases with alcohol, this impressive ghost sign on Friend Street reads “The Old Marlowe Wine Co. / Medicinally Pure / Liquors / Bald Eagle Whiskey”

Painted during a time when doctors apparently treated diseases with alcohol, this impressive ghost sign on Friend Street reads “The Old Marlowe Wine Co. / Medicinally Pure / Liquors / Bald Eagle Whiskey”

The iconic blue trim and flatiron design of Ferdinand’s furniture store still dominates the area of Dudley Square, even though the building has been vacant for over three decades.

The iconic blue trim and flatiron design of Ferdinand’s furniture store still dominates the area of Dudley Square, even though the building has been vacant for over three decades.

One of the nicest ghost signs in the commonwealth is located on Summer Street in Southie at the former home of the Terkelsen Machine Company, “manafacturers of spiral washing machines.”

One of the nicest ghost signs in the commonwealth is located on Summer Street in Southie at the former home of the Terkelsen Machine Company, “manafacturers of spiral washing machines.”

Mul’s Diner is a hidden gem with a vintage feel and a favorite of the locals in Southie.

Mul’s Diner is a hidden gem with a vintage feel and a favorite of the locals in Southie.

Founded in 1780 and located just steps away from the Freedom Trail in Charlestown, The Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts and one of the most historic watering holes in the US. It was named after General Joseph Warren, a key player in the revolution and the fallen hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Some famous visitors who stopped here for “refreshments” include Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

Founded in 1780 and located just steps away from the Freedom Trail in Charlestown, The Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts and one of the most historic watering holes in the US. It was named after General Joseph Warren, a key player in the revolution and the fallen hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Some famous visitors who stopped here for “refreshments” include Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

You won’t find too many vintage neon in the Back Bay area, but a couple of blocks away from Fenway Park on Huntington Ave is the Midtown Hotel, a no-frills mid-range place with a cool old-school sign.

You won’t find too many vintage neon in the Back Bay area, but a couple of blocks away from Fenway Park on Huntington Ave is the Midtown Hotel, a no-frills mid-range place with a cool old-school sign.

On North Washington Street in Boston’s Italian district is this old ghost sign advertising biscuits. A chunk of the type was removed long ago so it’s difficult to conclude which company painted the ad. The only type visible above “BISCUIT” is 3 letters: “OMA”. Many years ago there was a company located about a block away called the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company. They eventually formed the brand Sunshine Biscuits, which is still around today. They created many brands of baked goods such as Cheez-its, Animal Crackers and Hydrox cookies, but my guess is that this sign once displayed another one of their products - TAKHOMA BISCUIT.

On North Washington Street in Boston’s Italian district is this old ghost sign advertising biscuits. A chunk of the type was removed long ago so it’s difficult to conclude which company painted the ad. The only type visible above “BISCUIT” is 3 letters: “OMA”. Many years ago there was a company located about a block away called the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company. They eventually formed the brand Sunshine Biscuits, which is still around today. They created many brands of baked goods such as Cheez-its, Animal Crackers and Hydrox cookies, but my guess is that this sign once displayed another one of their products - TAKHOMA BISCUIT.

Dana Hill Liquors is a small package store nestled under this enormous neon emblem, which may make you feel like you’re in Las Vegas instead of quaint Central Square Cambridge.

Dana Hill Liquors is a small package store nestled under this enormous neon emblem, which may make you feel like you’re in Las Vegas instead of quaint Central Square Cambridge.

Before 1963, Government Center was known as Scollay Square and what is currently the Blue Line subway platform underground was once called Scollay Under. Recently some false walls were torn down, and the old Scollay Under mosaic tiles were uncovered, and can still be seen on the eastern portion of the platform.

Before 1963, Government Center was known as Scollay Square and what is currently the Blue Line subway platform underground was once called Scollay Under. Recently some false walls were torn down, and the old Scollay Under mosaic tiles were uncovered, and can still be seen on the eastern portion of the platform.

On the corner of Central Ave and Shurtleff Street in Chelsea is this set of bizarre double ghost signs. Each square has 2 ads from different time periods overlaying each other. On the left is “You’ll go for Y-KOF cough syrup” combined with “Visit our Fountain”. On the right is “Sold Drug Counters” covering an old Coca-Cola ad.

On the corner of Central Ave and Shurtleff Street in Chelsea is this set of bizarre double ghost signs. Each square has 2 ads from different time periods overlaying each other. On the left is “You’ll go for Y-KOF cough syrup” combined with “Visit our Fountain”. On the right is “Sold Drug Counters” covering an old Coca-Cola ad.

There’s no shortage of Coke ghost signs in the city and this one resides on the side of a brownstone on the corner of Rutland Square and Columbus Ave in the South End. Strangely enough it’s paired up with another aging painted sign on the same wall – a vintage logo of longtime rival Pepsi.

There’s no shortage of Coke ghost signs in the city and this one resides on the side of a brownstone on the corner of Rutland Square and Columbus Ave in the South End. Strangely enough it’s paired up with another aging painted sign on the same wall – a vintage logo of longtime rival Pepsi.

Villa Francesca is another one of those great Italian restaurants in in the North End and has one of the largest painted signs in the city. This well-hidden 4-story-tall beauty is tucked into the left side of the building and is blocked from view if you are walking from Hanover Street. 

Villa Francesca is another one of those great Italian restaurants in in the North End and has one of the largest painted signs in the city. This well-hidden 4-story-tall beauty is tucked into the left side of the building and is blocked from view if you are walking from Hanover Street. 

Suspension Specialists was was originally established by George Arcand in 1908, and was primarily a blacksmith shop fixing suspensions on horse carriages. They are still around servicing vehicles of all sizes, and sporting a classic red sign with a great sharp-angled typeface.

Suspension Specialists was was originally established by George Arcand in 1908, and was primarily a blacksmith shop fixing suspensions on horse carriages. They are still around servicing vehicles of all sizes, and sporting a classic red sign with a great sharp-angled typeface.

Around the corner from MIT in Cambridge is Metropolitan Storage’s massive brick century-old warehouse. It’s the largest self storage facility in New England, housing 260,000 square feet of storage space including 1,500 individually locked rooms.

Around the corner from MIT in Cambridge is Metropolitan Storage’s massive brick century-old warehouse. It’s the largest self storage facility in New England, housing 260,000 square feet of storage space including 1,500 individually locked rooms.

This multi-layered retro sign is the face for this mini golf joint in Saugus, but it usually plays second fiddle another tall structure on the property – a 12-foot high orange dinosaur that looms over Route 1.

This multi-layered retro sign is the face for this mini golf joint in Saugus, but it usually plays second fiddle another tall structure on the property – a 12-foot high orange dinosaur that looms over Route 1.

Painted during a time when doctors apparently treated diseases with alcohol, this impressive ghost sign on Friend Street reads “The Old Marlowe Wine Co. / Medicinally Pure / Liquors / Bald Eagle Whiskey”

Painted during a time when doctors apparently treated diseases with alcohol, this impressive ghost sign on Friend Street reads “The Old Marlowe Wine Co. / Medicinally Pure / Liquors / Bald Eagle Whiskey”

The iconic blue trim and flatiron design of Ferdinand’s furniture store still dominates the area of Dudley Square, even though the building has been vacant for over three decades.

The iconic blue trim and flatiron design of Ferdinand’s furniture store still dominates the area of Dudley Square, even though the building has been vacant for over three decades.

One of the nicest ghost signs in the commonwealth is located on Summer Street in Southie at the former home of the Terkelsen Machine Company, “manafacturers of spiral washing machines.”

One of the nicest ghost signs in the commonwealth is located on Summer Street in Southie at the former home of the Terkelsen Machine Company, “manafacturers of spiral washing machines.”

Mul’s Diner is a hidden gem with a vintage feel and a favorite of the locals in Southie.

Mul’s Diner is a hidden gem with a vintage feel and a favorite of the locals in Southie.

Founded in 1780 and located just steps away from the Freedom Trail in Charlestown, The Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts and one of the most historic watering holes in the US. It was named after General Joseph Warren, a key player in the revolution and the fallen hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Some famous visitors who stopped here for “refreshments” include Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

Founded in 1780 and located just steps away from the Freedom Trail in Charlestown, The Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts and one of the most historic watering holes in the US. It was named after General Joseph Warren, a key player in the revolution and the fallen hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Some famous visitors who stopped here for “refreshments” include Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

You won’t find too many vintage neon in the Back Bay area, but a couple of blocks away from Fenway Park on Huntington Ave is the Midtown Hotel, a no-frills mid-range place with a cool old-school sign.

You won’t find too many vintage neon in the Back Bay area, but a couple of blocks away from Fenway Park on Huntington Ave is the Midtown Hotel, a no-frills mid-range place with a cool old-school sign.

On North Washington Street in Boston’s Italian district is this old ghost sign advertising biscuits. A chunk of the type was removed long ago so it’s difficult to conclude which company painted the ad. The only type visible above “BISCUIT” is 3 letters: “OMA”. Many years ago there was a company located about a block away called the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company. They eventually formed the brand Sunshine Biscuits, which is still around today. They created many brands of baked goods such as Cheez-its, Animal Crackers and Hydrox cookies, but my guess is that this sign once displayed another one of their products - TAKHOMA BISCUIT.

On North Washington Street in Boston’s Italian district is this old ghost sign advertising biscuits. A chunk of the type was removed long ago so it’s difficult to conclude which company painted the ad. The only type visible above “BISCUIT” is 3 letters: “OMA”. Many years ago there was a company located about a block away called the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company. They eventually formed the brand Sunshine Biscuits, which is still around today. They created many brands of baked goods such as Cheez-its, Animal Crackers and Hydrox cookies, but my guess is that this sign once displayed another one of their products - TAKHOMA BISCUIT.

Dana Hill Liquors is a small package store nestled under this enormous neon emblem, which may make you feel like you’re in Las Vegas instead of quaint Central Square Cambridge.

Dana Hill Liquors is a small package store nestled under this enormous neon emblem, which may make you feel like you’re in Las Vegas instead of quaint Central Square Cambridge.

Before 1963, Government Center was known as Scollay Square and what is currently the Blue Line subway platform underground was once called Scollay Under. Recently some false walls were torn down, and the old Scollay Under mosaic tiles were uncovered, and can still be seen on the eastern portion of the platform.

Before 1963, Government Center was known as Scollay Square and what is currently the Blue Line subway platform underground was once called Scollay Under. Recently some false walls were torn down, and the old Scollay Under mosaic tiles were uncovered, and can still be seen on the eastern portion of the platform.

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The goal is to capture and post 100 photos of interesting signs in the Boston area. The project was featured in the Boston Herald in August 2011. For more, follow my Instagram or Flickr stream at @pantone356.