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12 Milwaukee ghost signs revealed

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Once you start to notice them, you see them everywhere. And they offer a unique glimpse into Milwaukee’s past.


Adam Levin

Hidden gas station sign uncovered in the former Comedy Cafe on Brady St.

Ghost signs are those hand-painted signs seen on the sides of buildings, often advertising bygone products or businesses.

Photographer Adam Levin runs a Facebook group called Old Milwaukee and has taken countless photos of ghost signs and other cool historical gems around the city.

Photo by Adam Levin

He teamed up with OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo for this edition of Urban Spelunking dedicated to ghost signs, and he joined me in studio to talk about their recent photo essay.

Click the player below to listen to our conversation.

Photo by Adam Levin

To see the all 12 ghost signs, visit OnMilwaukee.com.