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Billboard and poster advertisements generally have a limited lifespan but in the past adverts were often painted directly onto buildings and the faded 'ghosts' of these can be seen throughout London.

A few examples I have come across are listed below

a pharmacist - Cloudsley Road, Islington (pictured above)

Bates Salve cures wounds & sores - Regent Square, Bloomsbury

Pianos - alongside the Geffryre Museum, Kingsland Road

Music Roll Exchange - 23-9 Clapham High Street.......... I have been notified that this has been painted over - WHY??

Builders merchant - 65 Portobello Road

Greenwood Corner Leather Boot Repairs - Croydon Road/Langley Road, Beckenham

Sunlight Soap - Eden Road, Beckenham

Little Crown Court outfitters - Tisbury Court

pens - Stoke Newington Church Street

Women's Hostel beds - Colebrooke Row, Islington

Wool shop - Croydon Road, Penge High Street end

Flickerless Film Cinema - 268 New Cross Road (opposite New Cross Gate Station)

Here are some sightings from Leon:

above 369 Wandsworth Road SW8 Killyon Road (Wandsworth Road end) SW8
above O'Neills pub opposite Gladstone Road SW19 Ram Street, Wandsworth SW19
Lambourn Road SW4 Twisden Road off Chetwynd Road NW5
just before Shrubbery Road N18 corner of Causeyware Road N9
Nightingale Road N9 (above Davis & Gold shop) above shops corner of Green Street & Hertford Road EN3
King Edwards Road N9 Denny Road N9
Howard Road off Ilford Lane (Hovis) 110 Tollington Way N7
side of 268 Holloway Road N7 St Johns Hill Grove off Wandsworth Road SW11
Poynings Road N19 on bridge wall at Regis Road NW5
building at corner of Delancey Street & Albert Street NW1 Kathleen Road SW11
Sangora Road SW11 opposite Santos Road SW18
Scotland Green N17 (above fish shop) side of 297 High Road N17
High Cross Court N17 corner St Loys Road N17
side of 129 Holloway Road N7 corner of Hornsey Road & Lowman Road N7
side of 88 Old Street EC1 (Shelter HQ) Kings Cross Bridge Road (side of Pioneer shop)
above 18 Camden High Street NW1 Ardleigh Road N1 (above Barrys Locks )
corner of Marton Road N16 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 (above flower shop )
Blackhorse Road/Markhouse Road E17 Melbourne Road E10
Gloucester Road E10 or E17 side of 69 St James Street E17
front of 48 St James Street E17 alley next to St James Station E17

There are online photos of ghost signs [click here] [click here] and also a website devoted to the topic [click here]

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