Showing posts from December, 2012

Ukrainian-Language Ghost Sign in Chicago

Due to historical reasons, there are very few Ukrainian-language ghost signs in Ukraine, but in the Ukrainian Village (a neighborhood on the north side of the city) in Chicago, there is one in Ukrainian, and it is possible that there had been more. The one that I found is for a Ukrainian bank (Security Savings Bank) that was bought out by MB Financial Bank about 10 years ago. The ghost sign is probably from the 1960s or 70s.

Security Savings Bank Платимо дивіденду квартально 5% від ошадностей (translated: Dividends paid quarterly 5% interest on savings)

Chernivtsi's Ghost Signs

Chernivtsi /Cernăuți / Czernowitz, located in south-western Ukraine near Romania, was a multicultural city that at various times had large populations of Romanians, Jews, Ukrainians, Germans, Poles, Russians, and Roma. Chernivtsi was the capital of the Bukovina region of the Austrian Empire. In 1918, it was annexed by the Kingdom of Romania. Traces of its multicultural past, such as ghost signs, are still present in the urban landscape. The ghosts signs that I found are in Romanian, but in the first one there seems to be either a German or Jewish surname. (Thank you Shaun Williams for translations.)

most likely says: MARE DEPOZIT
BĂUTURI SPIRTOASE  (Large stock of alcoholic beverages)

most likely part of the words: ȘCOALĂ PENTRU = SCHOOL FOR...
Department of Public Works Electromechanical Enterprises
The City of Chernivtsi
Î.E.M.C.  Operating at Bucurest St. No.1

and underneath the top ghost sign some words translate to:

Banking in foreign countries…
and a mode…

Ghost Signs in Uzhhorod, Transcarpathia

Uzhhorod (Ungvár / Užhorod / Ungwar), a city in Transcarpathia (Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine), which is near the borders of Slovakia and Hungary, has a multicultural history. For a long time the region around Uzhhorod was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, later the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After WWI, it was annexed to Czechoslovakia. In 1938, Uzhhorod was transferred to Hungary, and in 1945 it was annexed by the Soviet Union. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the city became a regional capital in Ukraine. Before the wars, Hungarians made up the majority of the inhabitants, followed by Slovaks, Germans, Rusyns (Ukrainians), Czechs. Today Ukrainians make up the majority of the population, but there is still a Hungarian population.
On a visit to Zakarpattia last year, I found two great ghosts signs in Uzhhorod. Both of them are probably from the 1930s, when Uzhhorod was part of Czechoslovakia. During those years, both Hungarian and Czech would have been used for signage. It is p…