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Wall ads evoke era of bustling downtown commerce

"Ghost signs" can be seen on the backs of buildings along Broadway in Albany.
"Ghost signs" can be seen on the backs of buildings along Broadway in Albany.
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One sign promotes a dancing hall and meeting rooms, inviting passers-by to “inquire within.” Another bears the name of the blacksmith John Eagan, while another, for a company called Meginnis, promises to fill “every electric need.” A fourth sign, for the all-purpose supply store R.B. Wing & Son, advertises an extensive list of wares: dynamite, asbestos, power tools, fire equipment, welder’s hoists. Known as ghost signs, these long-ago advertisements were created between the 1890s and ...

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