Summer 2017

Street haunting

Advertising and Public Memory: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Ghost Signs

Edited by Stefan Schutt, Sam Roberts and Leanne White
Routledge, £85

Ghost signs have long been popular as landmarks, historical devices, ornaments and visual research; adding a sort of nonsense texture to the city and being recorded in photobooks, on blogs, websites and walking tours. The first academic collection on the study of ghost signs, Advertising and Public Memory considers the broader context and impact of hand-painted signage, and what its ghosts signify.

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Top: Cover of Advertising and Public Memory: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Ghost Signs.

Billie Muraben, writer, editorand lecturer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 94 vol. 24, 2017

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