05 December 2021

Ghost Sign on State Street, Dec 2021

The other day I saw this historic painted sign being uncovered by workers at 1480 S State Street Salt Lake City, which is the recently closed Pappy’s Pawn shop. Pappy was of Greek heritage and a longtime resident of State Street. 

Detail of newly revealed painted sign, Dec 2021.

The workers said they were repairing the stucco when they found this older sign under it. The workers thought the older sign was incredibly cool and were carefully working to keep it intact.

Unfortunately, it will not be visible for long as the plans of the new owner are to cover it back up.

I did a little history digging and found that the building was constructed in 1938.

Below is an incomplete list of businesses that have occupied the space:
  • Crystal Laundry (1930s-1940s)
  • Good Laundry and Dry Cleaning (1940s-1960s)
  • European Auto Parts Inc (1960s-1970s)
  • Jensen Distributing Co (1970s)
  • Betty’s Collectables (1975-1976)
  • Earl Shiel (1980s)
  • Pappy’s Pawn (1990s-2020s)
The only letters clearly uncovered are “ING” so I’m not sure what the full word could be but my best guess is Good Laundry and Dry Cleaning which was operated by a Japanese-American family.

View of Pappys Pawn as it appeared in 2019, from Google Street View.

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