In Milwaukee History

Levin discovered this sign while work was taking place at the former Comedy Cafe, 615 E. Brady St. (PHOTO: Adam Levin)

12 stunning old school Milwaukee signs

A few years back, photographer Adam Levin, who has worked with OnMilwaukee on a number of Milwaukee history posts, started the Old Milwaukee Facebook group, which has grown exponentially.

Recently, he began to explore another, more specific passion, that he's cataloguing in his new Facebook group, Ghost Signs of Milwaukee.

"Ghost Signs fascinate me," Levin says. "Sign painting and sign writing are kind of a lost art. They're incredible reminders of years gone by."

We asked Levin to share some of his favorite images of Milwaukee-area ghost signs and these are what he shared. Of course, there are many more to check out in his group. You can also add your images there.

Great paper signs in Walker's Point

Bygone hotels near Mitchell Street and Downtown

Mmmm, beer

No beer for you

A former bowling alley in West Allis

A Brady Street classic

Milwaukee Soap

A couple signs in Butler


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