Deciphering some extremely faded ads downtown

I’ve probably walked down 11th Street in the East Village a million times without seeing this ad for Knickerbocker Boarding on a parking garage.

This goes back to when horses were New York’s main mode of transportation.

Over on the West Side is this one for Umberto Brothers Storage. Looks like it says “record storage.” Records like LPs, or where school files and government documents go to die?

“Upholstery” says this supremely faded ad on a 14th Street building, visible from Sixth Avenue and 13th Street.

The rest is too faded to make out. Once upon a time, there must have been an upholsterer on the block.

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2 Responses to “Deciphering some extremely faded ads downtown”

  1. Amy Says:

    Umbertos Storage stored records you know like files on paper, not LPs

  2. Jill Says:

    I’m pretty sure the upholstery was actually on 14th Street and I’d bet that sign was to lead people around the corner from 13th St. There used to be (not even that long ago) several fabric and foam stores right in this area.

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