Posted by: mysaintjohn | July 12, 2009

Blasting the ghosts of advertisements past


One of the things I like about Saint John are the ghosts of painted advertisements — the hint of a grocery store there, the trace of tobacco here. A friend once mentioned that she thought it would be cool if the city paid building owners to restore the advertisements as a sort of tourist attraction.

Alas, it seems like the above Coca-Cola ad on the corner of Duke and Prince William will be gone in a few days.


  1. It looks a bit like he is spraying an old building over a new one.

    • That would be much cooler. Imagine if all buildings came in cans?

  2. This is a wonderful post on our tidal approach to heritage / modernity. We restore and tear down with equal zeal.

    I, too, am sad to lose another bit of history – those faded signs are much more interesting (and touristy) than someone’s original oak door and wainscoting.

    P.s., been enjoying your blog for a couple of months now.

    Best wishes.

  3. They should really be using a proton pack for that. I know it might be considered a safety issue but as long as they don’t cross the streams they’ll be fine. If you think a little sandblasting will get rid of the ghosts of advertisements past, think again.

    • This is why I miss working with you 😛

  4. […] few days ago, I posted about a Coca-Cola advertisement on the corner of Duke Street. To my (admittedly) untrained eye, it looked like the advertisement […]

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