Manhattan faded ad mysteries

In Murray Hill: Magid handbags and the Coblentz Bag Co. are easy to read. But the others may have faded into garment-district history:


Up in East Harlem is this puzzling ad. Liver: a butcher shop? Cod liver oil? Livery stables? Another mystery.

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4 Responses to “Manhattan faded ad mysteries”

  1. Laura Says:

    Thanks for the interesting post!

    I would imagine the businesses featured in the ads would probably be in the neighborhood. Do you know the addresses of the buildings photographed? If you come visit us at the Milstein Division of U.S. & Local History at the New York Public Library, we might be able to help find information on the companies listed, or find a photograph of the building when the ads were (more) fresh.

    You may want to poke around in our Digital Gallery for building photos as well (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm), and try searches by both the actual address, and the cross streets.

    You might also find the following website interesting: http://www.14to42.net/.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks for the tips! 14to42 has info on the Magid Handbag sign, but nothing on the Liver ad. Solving the mystery continues….

  3. Byrne Says:

    I think the sign is for Dr. Tutt’s Liver Pills. They were sold out of New York in the late 1880’s-early 1900’s.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    That looks like it fits. Thanks!

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