Pittsburgh Palimpsests Project (Ghost Signs)

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Jan 4 2013 at 3:05pm #

I thought this might peak the interest of some cyclists. Perhaps an idea for a BikeFest Ride???


Pittsburgh Palimpsests is a photographic essay documenting early- to mid-20th century advertising signage painted (Ghost Signs) on exterior walls throughout the Pittsburgh region.


We need YOUR help to locate these signs. Start looking around, you’ll be suprised at how many you will find. When you get a chance, update our interactive ghost sign map with your new findings!


Interactive Google map:


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Jan 4 2013 at 5:39pm #

I’ve always thought they were interesting. They are everywhere in Pittsburgh. I look forward to to seeing the photo essay. I used to be able to see one out my window but it was covered by newer construction.


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Jan 4 2013 at 5:58pm #

Neat. I just added a couple from the Tag-O-Rama game. (BTW: it’s “pique”, not “peak”.)


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Jan 5 2013 at 4:37am #

This isn’t exactly the same thing but it looks like this site hasn’t been updated in a few years, it would be cool for someone to revive it:

A cool one taken by a friend of mine:


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Feb 27 2013 at 11:16am #

Reviving this thread, now that the weather is a little better and we can get more eyes out there.

Here are two I know about on my path into town. This first one is Heil American Motors, a dealer of Ramblers, Javelins, Gremlins and such. In better light, with a better camera, you can still make out the red-white-blue logo to the right of the picture. It is now Boyle Carpet, just off Perry Hwy near the park & ride.

Heil American Motors

The second one is just inside the city, at Perrysville and Vinceton. Now a convenience store, it used to be a Kuhn’s, as shown on the back of the building.

Kuhn's Quality Foods

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