Indoor Ghost Signs in Lviv

It’s less common to find hand-painted signs inside the entranceways and corridors of buildings—but in Lviv there are a few examples of such ghost signs, which served different functions.

Kniazha Romana Street

I found a few Polish-language ghost signs in the corridor of a residential building in Lviv’s center. I haven’t been able to decipher them, but during the interwar period this building housed a oil industry union, a union of petroleum products, an advertising agency, an antiquarian shop, and a sheet music shop—so possibly the signs are leftover from one or more of these establishments.

Ferentsia Lista Street

This is a unique ghost sign as it is actually an announcement to tenants of the building that is prohibited to sublet an apartment without the permission of the owner.

Khmelnytskoho Street

Pointing to a leather shop

Krakivska Street

Pointing to the exit

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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