LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The paint has chipped and faded, but a hand-painted advertising sign, known as a ghost sign, provides a window into Little Rock's past.
Surrounded by modern neon and plastic, ghost signs peek out to remind us of the early 20th century.
Mark Christ with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program said the ghost sign was recently revealed during a demolition on a historical commercial building in the 7th Street Historic District and is a snapshot in time.
"They'll crop up on commercial buildings all over the state. In this particular case, this was a Dr. Pepper bottling plant back in the 20s and 30s, so that's like a signature on the building," he explained. "You're looking at the same scene your grandparents saw when they were kids, and it just kind of gives us a since of place and reminds of who we are and where we came from."
The handcrafted lettering stands in stark contrast to modern signage. Christ said it's one of the best preserved ghost signs he's ever come across.
"I don't think it's seen direct daylight since the 1940s because I think that's when the Laundry building dated from," he added.
Christ said his agency is encouraging the building's owner to preserve this piece of the past.
"We would certainly encourage them to do what they can to preserve it," he continued. "Ghost signs are increasingly rare and this one's in really good shape because it was shielded by that other building for so many years."
The building's owner said he does not plan to paint over the historical sign, but will paint over the graffiti that has recently shown up on the bottom of the wall.