Your challenge, should you wish to accept it, is to find ghost signs

Ghost signs or ghost adverts – whichever you prefer – are the faded hand-painted adverts found on walls.

sparvell-way-ghost-signThese signs are part of a bygone era of advertising. Some are for products no longer available, which promotes a moment of nostalgia, which for me is anything to do with smoking. Something I gave up over 35 yrs ago.

Camberley has one on the wall of a building in Sparvell Way, near the junction of Park Street and London Road. It’s best viewed from the opposite side of the road, on the pavement in front of the entrance to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. I’ve photographed a couple of times, and noticed it’s continuing to fade [Click on the photo of Camberley’s ghost sign to enlarge].

Isn’t it nearly always a Briton with a fondness for the obscure, because as you might imagine there’s one who’s doing his best to record and preserve them, and not just in the UK, but worldwide. His name is Sam Roberts. His website is ghostsigns.co.uk.

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