I’ve discovered a great set of pictures that my predecessor–Frank Schambach–took while he was the station archeologist here in Magnolia. These pics are slides Frank took of fading signs painted on the sides of buildings in the small towns in southwestern Arkansas.
You can check out some scans of some of these photos in my “signs” set of my Flickr account. This set includes signs of all kinds from my various trips and places I’ve lived…but if you scroll through, you’ll find the scans of 10 or so of the photos that Frank took….they are quite striking and some of these appeared in Cynthia Lea Haas and Jeff Holder’s Ghost Signs of Arkansas (1997).
I hope to continue Frank’s tradition of taking ghost sign photos….of course, they are getting rare as these towns “clean up” by applying a fresh coat of paint.