Ghost Sign Liberation

Over the last few years, several of Lviv’s ghost signs have been liberated—by which I mean curious people/ghost sign lovers took into their own hands (literally) to expose signs from under layers of paint and plaster, accelerating the natural process of plaster crumbling due to age and weather. I’ve documented (and at times helped) the progress of several liberation efforts.

OBUWIE (SHOES)

HOTEL
Finally after about 4 years this Lviv ghost sign has been almost fully liberated. In the interwar period, this building housed a the Gottfried Hotel, as well as a shoe store.

MASZYNA do PISANIA (TYPERWRITERS)

LAKIER(Y) (VARNISH)

LODY (ICE CREAM)

1 thought on “The Forgotten Boot Scrapers of Lviv

  1. I think all Ukrainians, from homeland and diaspora, should visit Greece. Many of us grow up thinking that our names, language, religious rites and architecture, and other folkloric traditions are our own, but visiting Greece will show that we imported and adopted them lock, stock, and barrel. Flattening the church domes to a pear shape, and polyphony, are the only uniquely Ukrainian contributions that I can think of.
    Nice website!

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