Bank Ghost Sign on Clark Street near North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois (2018-12-06 11-39-28a)
No one is sure of the name of the bank the sign was advertising. It shows a bowler hat and a mustache and the text reads “The old-fashioned neighborhood bank in the Germania Club Building”.
The Germania Club Building on which the sign is painted is located at 108 West Germania Place at Clark Street (Old Town)., a bit south of North Avenue. It was built in 1889 but, other than having to be painted after that year, we don’t know when it was put up. The use of the bowler hat doesn’t help because they were already very popular by the time the building was built and their popularity continued for quite some time. A building is being erected next to this which will block the sign.
The photo was taken using a Panasonic DMC-FZ50 camera. Editing was done using ACDSee Ultimate 2019. I cropped the image a bit and then adjusted the white balance, lighting and levels as well as raising the contrast, vibrance and clarity. I also sharpened it a bit.
Photo © 2018 Gary J. Sibio. All rights reserved.