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

“Wychód” is a Polish archaism meaning “exit” (“Wyjście” in modern usage) This ghost sign is found in a corridor of a building that from the 1820s housed a hotel and restaurant-winery. The hand points in the direction of the front entrance, from an inner courtyard.

Another theory is that the sign reads “wychodek” and points to an outhouse. However, I’m not entirely convinced as there is a line coming down just right of the letter “D” and the hand would not be centered if there were still two more letters at the end of the word.

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