Fitz Overalls Ghost Sign – Lindsborg, Kansas - Atlas Obscura

Fitz Overalls Ghost Sign

This century-old painting of a portly 10-foot-tall man spent years hidden behind plaster. 


After a previous shop tenant left, the owner decided to improve this historic building by removing plaster and metal lath from the brick wall. As work progressed, a man with blue eyes and wearing a white cap started to appear on the wall.  As more plaster was removed, the entirety of this advertisement for overalls appeared.

In addition to the man clad in overalls, the words “Work Clothing” and “Fits” appeared. The wall art was a a “ghost sign,” the faded remnant of an advertisement. They are often seen in the older sections of cities both large and, in this case, small.

Further research revealed that this advertisement for Fitz Overalls was painted in the very early 1900s on the side of the brick building just to the north. The structure was built between two existing brick buildings by simply adding a roof over the 15-foot gap between the two separate buildings.

Know Before You Go

The ghost sign is located inside The Ivory Thimble.

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