In the 1930s, the Bendix company licensed a line of home washing machines.
Which means this enormous faded ad on an East 109th Street and First Avenue tenement could be about 80 years old.
It’s in pretty good condition, but it could be more than 40 years old—the old two-letter phone exchanges were still officially in use through the 1960s.
NE for Nevins Street, on the other side of Prospect Park. Thanks to Ephemeral reader Sheena for sending in this photo.
Here’s an invaluable resource for decoding old New York City phone exchanges.
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