The prewar mailing address on a Village window

ZipcodestorefrontThe eclectic antiques and furniture store at 80 East 11th Street in Greenwich Village is so discreet, it has no store sign above the entrance.

What the store does have, though, is its mailing address painted in the lower right corner of the store window—with the old school–style one-digit postal code rather than the five-numeral ZIP code we use today.


Seen all the time on old letters and ads, these postal codes, pioneered in the 1940s as a way to speed mail delivery, are a rarity in the contemporary city.

They were replaced by the five-digit zip codes in the 1960s. Clearly some businesses in contemporary New York prefer their mailing address the old-fashioned way.

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3 Responses to “The prewar mailing address on a Village window”

  1. Penelope Bianchi Says:

    Another lovely post!!!

  2. thidabell Says:

    Always wondered what that was! And if it was even open for business!

  3. charles weinblatt Says:

    Reminds me of “Olde Good Things” on Bowery

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