Downtown’s faded and forgotten liquor ads

“Beer” is the word that draws the eye to this very weathered ad painted (in color!) on the side of a building at Canal and Lafayette Streets.

“Importers and Bottlers of” is above it. The “liberty” script is lovely. The rest of the ad, however, is indecipherable.

This Sonn Bros. Whiskies ad still stands on Desbrosses Street in Tribeca. Hyman and Henry Sonn were Bavarian immigrants who became liquor dealers in the late 19th century.

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2 Responses to “Downtown’s faded and forgotten liquor ads”

  1. Laura Says:

    I love your old signs feature. You must be one of the few New Yorkers (read: non-tourist) who looks up when walking around the city, and your readers are all the richer for it!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks! I think there are a lot of us who get a kick out of coming across old signs.

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