BOO! Got your Dollars!


Have you ever driven through farm country and saw an old sign painted on the side of a barn? How about walking around in a city and noticing an advertisement painted on the side of a building? These ads are called ‘Ghost Signs’.

Often when a building is being restored or an adjoining one demolished, these hidden gems of the advertising world are uncovered. Painted in oil paint by ‘wall dogs’ these signs were typical means of advertising from the 1890s to the 1960s

When I was a kid in Pittsburgh, there was a ghost sign painted on one of the city buildings. This sign was first thing I saw after emerging from the Fort Pitt tunnel and was very memorable because it was a sign for Shield’s Rubbers (truth be told, my sister had to remind me it was Shield’s Rubbers, as all I could remember was that it had something to do with condoms) and it made me giggle every time. For obvious reasons. And for my UK friends, a rubber IS NOT an eraser!

Ghost signs are everywhere. They are beautiful pieces of artwork as well as nostalgic markers of bygone products. Coca-Cola was/is a big believer in advertising, and their ghost signs can still be found in plenty all over the world.

So next time you are out an about, see if you can spot a ghost sign and enjoy some history, a Coke and a Smile as well.

Always look up, and you will be amazed at what you will see. Please share any ghost signs in your area here!

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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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