Century-Old Ghost Sign Uncovered In Port Richmond

 

The ghost sign will be treated and re-covered. | Photo: Conrad Benner

The Kolb Bakery advertisement will be treated and re-covered. | Photo: Conrad Benner, Streets Dept.

  • Last week in Port Richmond, the work crew of Urban Renewal Builders unveiled a two-story wall ad last seen when it was covered up by infill development in 1915. Streets Depts Conrad Benner stopped by the rehab project, which will soon become apartments and a ground-level coffee shop, to take some photos of this impressively intact—a century’s protection by horsehair plaster goes a long way—ghost sign that once suggested passersby to try local Kolb Bakery’s “Pan-Dandy Bread.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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