Better Hurry – These Ghost Signs Won’t Last Forever – Newburgh, New York

Better Hurry – These Ghost Signs Won’t Last Forever – Newburgh, New York

The town of Newburgh, New York isn’t exactly what you’d call a motorcycle destination. At least not for pleasure riding, anyway. It’s a once-grand city that languished for decades in decline and now has an ember of resurrection starting to glow.

Cities like Newburgh, whose heyday has long since passed, are great places to hunt for ghost signs. That’s why I found myself riding through its streets. A motorcycle is easy to park, quick to get in and out and can present itself as non-threatening. Especially in the case of the Bonneville. That bike is downright polite.

Hunting for Ghosts

Uneeda Biscuit

Over the past couple of years, I’ve seen quite a few Uneeda Biscuit ghost signs, in several different states. Whenever I do, I’ll think to myself, “yeah, I kinda do need a biscuit.” It’s kind of like an inside joke I tell myself. Perhaps the inside-est of all jokes.

Fuzzygalore Uneeda Biscuit Ghost Ad Newburgh, NY

The King of Wheat Foods
Uneeda Biscuit
5¢ Sold only in Packages 5¢
National Biscuit Company

Maxwell House Coffee – Gold Medal Flour

This two-fer is a bit hard to make out – one layer is a Gold Medal Flour ad, and the other a Maxwell House coffee ad. Gold Medal Flour is another popular sight, but I’ve only ever seen one other Maxwell House coffee ad.

“Good to the last drop…” Did you sing the jingle? I did. I’m showing my age.

Fuzzygalore Maxwell House Coffee Ghost Ad Newburgh, NY

Uneeda Biscuit

The National Soda Cracker

Fuzzygalore Uneeda Biscuit Ghost Ad Newburgh, NY

Gold Medal Flour – Jap-A-Lac

Jap-A-Lac is new to me. Apparently it was varnish, stain and enamel made by the Glidden Varnish Company. You learn something new every day.

Though I couldn’t get a very good view of this ghost, we can see it is Jap-A-Lac and Gold Medal Flour.

Fuzzygalore Gold Medal Flour Ghost Ad Newburgh, NY

Jap-A-Lac – Gold Medal Flour

Another Jap-A-Lac and Gold Medal Flour two-fer. I was able to make out most of the writing, but the top and third lines in yellow on the upper right escape me.

Fuzzygalore Jap-A-Lac Gold Medal Flour Ghost Ad Newburgh, NY

Jap-A-Lac
In the Green Can
10 Enamel Colors

7 Replies to “Better Hurry – These Ghost Signs Won’t Last Forever – Newburgh, New York”

  1. I’ve always been interested in fading signs but thought it was a peculiar quirk of mine; you’ve validated that interest, for which I thank you. Yesterday, riding home from Canada, the Thruway was naturally backed up all the way to Albany. To avoid the crowd, I traveled side roads (e.g., 9W; 32) through many old, aging towns. I saw lots of these remnants from the past. So touching.

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