Ghost Signs - A London Story

Published on 12.11.2021 by Rachel

The Ghostsigns website has long been a place where Sam Roberts has been documenting, researching, and writing about the fading remains of hand-painted signs and advertising. Earlier this month he launched Ghost Signs - A London Story, a book showcasing London's impressive and historically significant painted signs, complete with a vast selection of photography and archival images.

"Ghost signs are fascinating pieces of urban archaeology. Imposing yet hidden in plain sight, these faded advertisements are London’s history written on to the contemporary cityscape. They reveal fascinating stories of everyday life in the capital and each sign has its own tale to tell – not just of the business it represents and the people behind it, but of its own improbably survival."

Photo - Roy Reed

"Introduced by Wayne Hemingway MBE, the opening section shares insights into topics such as production techniques, economics and preservation. The themed chapters take on subjects including building, clothing, entertaining, branding and, ultimately, burying the city."

Below is a peek into the book, as well as being full of beautiful images, it is also fascinating to read!

To celebrate the launch of the book, there is an online book launch on Monday 15th November from 7:30 pm London Time. Join Sam Roberts, Roy Reed and publisher Max Leonard for a chat and a presentation of the book, plus a peek at some stuff that didn't make the final edit.
To attend, register here (required)


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