Advertising and Public Memory: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Ghost Signs

1st Edition

Stefan Schutt, Sam Roberts, Leanne White

Routledge
Published August 23, 2016
Reference - 324 Pages - 45 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138934689 - CAT# Y203946
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Summary

This is the first scholarly collection to examine the social and cultural aspects on the worldwide interest in the faded remains of advertising signage (popularly known as ‘ghost signs’). Contributors to this volume examine the complex relationships between the signs and those who commissioned them, painted them, viewed them and view them today. Topics covered include cultural memory, urban change, modernity and belonging, local history and place-making, the crowd-sourced use of online mobile and social media to document and share digital artefacts, ‘retro’ design and the resurgence in interest in the handmade. The book is international and interdisciplinary, combining academic analysis and critical input from practitioners and researchers in areas such as cultural studies, destination marketing, heritage advertising, design, social history and commercial archaeology.

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