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.

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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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5 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

  4. An East Side sign with an old New York address | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] Here’s more examples of old phone exchanges found around the modern city. And postal codes too: this one was hiding on East 10th Street. […]

  5. Carmen Marshall Says:

    Mine was :
    42 Willow Place
    Brooklyn 1, New York

    I repeated that and spelled my name until I memorized it, walking up Joralemon Street with my dad. That was around 1958. Willow Place was a beautiful block, clean and lots of huge Sycamore trees that smelled so good when it rained. Many of the sidewalks were made of large pieces of slate. We could see the Statue of Liberty from the roof. The roof had no railing: going up there was a very special and highly supervised treat. The door to it had a lock.

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