Ever since I was a little kid.
And then some years ago I found out
they actually had a name. And that people blog about them! Who knew.
The art form reached its zenith in the decades leading into the Great Depression. The itinerant sign artists were called "wall dogs." And now they simply fade away.
Some ghost signs sprawl across the sides of buildings.
There are relatively tiny ones, too, obscured by now-mature landscaping and dumpsters.
And many compete with 21st century "art."
In their heyday, I bet ghost signs were glorious to look at. They still are.
That is, until we paint, plaster and brick over them. Before we replace them with the garish visual monsters made of vinyl, metal and wood we call billboards. And before we tear down their buildings to make way for edgy, angular, neon high rises. Nobody hand paints art on a high rise.
I believe in ghosts. Do you?