Faded ads from the 1940s

A couple of blue-and-white mid-century ads appear one on top of the other off Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill. They’re strangely (yet nicely) preserved, probably because a neighboring building covered them up for decades.

DoehlerfurnitureDoehler Metal Furniture owned the building these ads appear on, on 32nd Street. Based on a look through online newspaper archives, they seem to have had a lot of contracts with the army during World War II. Manningbowman3

Manning-Bowman had a showroom on the seventh floor. The Connecticut-based electronics firm made things like waffle irons and coffee makers. 

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4 Responses to “Faded ads from the 1940s”

  1. fadingad Says:

    Great shots!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks! I should direct readers to http://fadingad.wordpress.com for all things building-ad related.

  3. Bobbie HUffman Says:

    I have a metal Chest of drawers i was wondering how old it is.

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