Lviv's Ghost Signs, Part II

I love to post about ghost signs and fortunately I've come across quite a few more of them in Lviv since I wrote my first post about them almost three years. Here's more from my collection. Some have already been painted over but others are still being liberated from the covering plaster.

"Maka Grys i Owies" (Flour, Grits, and Oats)
Probably says "lakier(y)" (varnish)

On one of the buildings that used to comprise Jan Lewinski's factory. 
Sadly, this is one of the one's that has been painted over:




Wekslarski Sq. 
(the name of the square before 1939 - currenty Koliyivshchyna Sq.)

probably "fasola" (beans)

These two are located in entranceways:

A lovely ghost sign on a beautifully dilapidated house
"Fryzjer" (hairdresser)

Stripes designated stores run by Ukrainians or Jews

Ghost sign liberation (progress over the course of the last few years)


  1. These are fantastic, I love the paint and plaster being gradually chipped away to reveal the ghostsigns underneath.

    1. Yes, me too. I love checking up on some of these every few months to see how much more has been revealed.

  2. Hello Areta:

    When did the stripes on buildings begin - the paint stripes that designated Ukrainian or Jew? As you show in one of your pics. Thanks - Tom O

    1. It was during the Austrian times, so before 1918. But not sure exactly when it started began. It's been difficult to find more information about it.

    2. Do you have any source info you can point to about the stripes as designating Ukrainian or Jewish shops? We have a Jewish heritage project in Galician Rohatyn and are fortunate to have some moving film footage taken in the town in the 1930s (before the war) which have several Jews moving in and out of a shop with this striping on the door casing. I would love to be able a short article on this topic to our website:

      My email is

      Please write me - I follow your posts and am currently again living in Lviv.

      Marla Raucher Osborn
      Project lead for Rohatyn Jewish Heritage


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