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Zniesienczanka Laundry Ghost Sign in Lviv

On Saturday I went on a bicycle excursion to the Pidzamche neighborhood in Lviv and found this amazing very recently uncovered ghost sign! It must have been uncovered in the last month because it wasn't visible when I was wandering around this neighborhood in May.
Judging from the sign, in the pre- or interwar period, this storefront on Khmelnytskoho Street used to house a laundry called Zniesienczanka, which comes from the word Zniesienie, the Polish variant of the name "Знесіння" (Znesinnya) – the name of a park and neighborhood in Lviv. Below the name in small letter is "S. Cieslik," which I think could be the name of the sign painter.

The rest of the sign reads: "Przyjmuje wszelka garderob do chem. czyszczenia і farbowania Pryjmuje wszelka bielizne оraz kołnierzy [dla] prania prasowania" which means: "We accept all kinds of garments for chemical cleaning and dying We accept all kinds of undergarments and collars/flanges for washing and ironi…

Anchor Plates in Annapolis

In Annapolis the vast majority of anchor plates– or in this case I should use the term "masonry stars" – are star shaped. Many buildings from the city are from the eigteenth and nineteenth centuries and therefore there is a high concentration of them.

And here is a lovely anchor-shaped anchor plate

Annapolis's Boot Scrapers

Annapolis is chock-full of boot scrapers! Annapolis, Maryland, a historic city situated on the Chesapeake Bay, was founded in 1649. It has the highest concentration of 18th-century brick Georgian architecture in the United States and lots of period metal boot scrapers. One article reads, "Old brick and wood, working shutters on windows, flowers on doors, and boot scrapers by the steps are part of the [city's] leafy streetscape."