Refreshing

cocacola_s Ghost advertisement for Coca-Cola, on the Queenscliff General Store, corner King Street and Stevens Street, Queenscliff, VIC 3225. It reads:
DRINK
Coca-Cola
DELICIOUS AND REFRESHING

The Maori Chief Hotel

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The sign is aging but the Maori Chief Hotel is still in business, at 117 Moray Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. Details above and below, with a wider view also below. As far as I can make out, there are two layers to the sign, which read:

Maori Chief Hotel

Aaaah!

and

Maori Chief Hotel

Victoria Bitter

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Nestle Chocolate

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This lovely ghost sign is at 13 The Crescent, Ascot Vale, VIC 3032, and is visible from the train as you pass through Ascot Vale station in Melbourne. It is on the right-hand side if you are facing city on the Craigieburn line. It reads:

NESTLE

MILK & NUT-MILK CHOCOLATE

The main picture is a cropped close-up of the sign, the picture below is the wider view of the building it graces.

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Next freeway exit to Kyneton

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Ghost sign on the road between Kyneton and Malmesbury, Victoria, Australia. The picture above is cropped slightly to better show the lettering, while the picture below shows the wider, lonelier context. I could choose my subject but not my timing: these photos were taken in the harsh midday light of a 40 C degree day.

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Car seat covers

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Lovely ghost sign at 1-3 The Crescent, at the corner with Ascot Vale Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria 3032, Australia. A custom tyre business still operates from the premises, around the corner from the ghost sign. Here is a wider picture:

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Prohibited

 

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Near 63 West Street, Ascot Vale, VIC 3032. This lovely sign is almost unreadable due to rust. Here is what I can make out:

PUBLIC ???ING
PROHIBITED

OFFENDERS PROSECUTED
MAXIMUM $1000

At the bottom right, it may say MOONEE VALLEY COUNCIL.

 

 

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520 Macaulay Road, Kensington, VIC 3031

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I think this is a magnificent sign, not only because of its size, but also because of the variety in its lettering and the lovely phrase (or brand name?) “electrine candles”. I can’t decipher all the words though. It appears the white writing has been painted over top of the blue. Here is my best attempt so far:

VELVET SOAP

99/100

PERCENT

PURE

ELECTRINE

CANDLES.

I can’t decipher the words in white paint. Perhaps the second of them is “DRAPER”? There may be more words in blue/purple running along the bottom, but I am not sure.

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156 Bellair Street, Kensington, VIC 3031

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This building has looked locked and unused for as long as I have noticed it (about a year), but is clean and tidy apart from a few cobwebs.

My interpretation of the wording is:

LICENSED M.M.B.W.
W.g. Pearce PLUMBER
PHONE FF 1666
BELLAIR ST.
KENSINGTON
Estimates given

I love the old phone number format! See below for images of the wider sign and the complete building facing the early morning light. At this time of year, leafy trees shade the sign throughout the day.

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60 Puckle Street, VIC 3039

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Golden in the evening light, the ghost sign at 60 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039, Australia. My best interpretation of the lettering is the name FRASERS painted over the words DAIRY PRODUCE & SMALL GOODS, partly obscuring them. The complete sign can be seen in the following image:

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79 Holmes Rd, VIC 3039

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Gorgeous in the morning light, the Marchants sign at 79 Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039. The rest of the building is also aged and beautiful, dominating the corner of Holmes Road and Grandview Street, although this is the only painted lettering on it.

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20 Margaret Street (rear), VIC 3039

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There is more than one layer to this ghost sign, at the rear of 20 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039. Under the words Astro Furniture and Gifts, I can make out:

MirabellaTravel
Bagenzia Viaggi
“Che Si Distingue”
Moonee Ponds Branch

There is a character I can’t identify at the end of the word “travel”.