They're called ghost signs and all towns have them.
We pass them every day, but barely take notice.
They're fading reminders of lifestyles long ago, and they speak in silence, these sentinels printed on the sides of brick buildings.
They loom overhead, beckoning to us and sending the same messages they sent to those who came before.
You'll spot them up as high as the top stories of dominant buildings but also down low, as low as the bottom of river walls.
And you'll find them out in the country, too.