An old phone exchange hiding in the Village

I’ve walked by entrance to Gene’s restaurant on 11th Street and Sixth Avenue many, many times and just recently noticed the painted window sign sporting the pre-1960s OR phone exchange.

OR was for Orchard, later Oregon, according to this old phone exchange chart.

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Gene’s is serious old-timey Village French-Italian, open since 1919. Their website includes a link to a 1958 Village Voice review featuring fantastic vintage ads for other restaurants and cafes of the era, such as El Charro and Chumley’s.

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3 Responses to “An old phone exchange hiding in the Village”

  1. Ricky Leong Says:

    Love these. Just saw an old phone exchanges the other day, while visiting Montreal: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rleong101/8265845880/

  2. pliny Says:

    the Oregon exchange for a lot of the village was often called Oregano
    by wags because of the many Italian residents

  3. 1958 Restaurant Ads Says:

    […] while back, Ephemeral New York put up a link to a 1958 Village Voice review of Gene’s restaurant, citing “fantastic […]

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