Wednesday, June 27

Selz Shoes

What a find--probably the best example of Ghost Signs found in the 'Ville so far.  Smack dab in downtown Milly on the side of Chandler Brothers Ace Hardware Store on Wayne St.  Look closely and you can make out the letters S E L Z, the word shoe, and the outline of one.  Our search confirmed that this is an old advertisement for the Selz Shoe Company from the early 1900's and here is the back story encyclopedia.chicagohistory.  Check out some similar signs from other places here

Milledgeville, Georgia

Russellville, Arkansas

Chenoa, Illinois

Selz Ad from 1905

It is amazing that these signs have lasted so long.  Wouldn't you love to see them brought back--they are truly Vintage Art and we love all things Vintage!


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