Phil’s Stationery is Midtown’s best vintage sign

When it comes to throwback store signs, few have the appeal of this one at Phil’s Stationery—a small shop that has been selling pens, pencils, paper, and other stationery and office supplies on 9 East 47th Street since the 1960s.

The faded lettering, the highlighter shade of yellow, the missing signage for Xerox copies…it’s the kind of old-school sign that for a few moments on a grimy stretch of Midtown transports you back in time to another New York.

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13 Responses to “Phil’s Stationery is Midtown’s best vintage sign”

  1. JeffS Says:

    And they’re still open (as far as I know!). It’s fun to just go into a good old place like that. But I’m sure they can use our business, too.

  2. Pam Says:

    Coming soon to a town near you 😞

  3. Ken Sacharin Says:

    My favorite stationer. A magical place to roam around in. Items here that other shops haven’t sold for over half a century. Get ’em while they last! By all means…BUY SUMPIN’!

  4. Kev Ivris Says:

    I enjoyed seeing the “Zerox Copies” that’s now missing, when you last highlighted this store.

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      Every few years I end up walking by it and there it is, charming me every time. It’s always on a weekend or evening, though, so I don’t have the opportunity to stop in!

  5. Bill Says:

    Impeach your Mayor crazy deblasio before the city goes down the tubes

  6. Michael Leddy Says:

    A real time machine. When my wife and I visited several years ago, the owner asked if we were from a production company. No, we just like stationery! They apparently supply all sorts of mid-century office stuff for movies and TV.

    I was hoping to score an Ace hard-rubber comb (they used to have a supply). The combs were long gone, but I found a cache of vintage pencils in a box that turned out to be the perfect retirement present for a colleague.

  7. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Vintage pencils—I love that! Who wouldn’t appreciate such a gift?

  8. alex Says:

    French Connection, Conversation, Seven Ups, Marathon Man: when all such signs were contemporary. The 70s!

  9. Tom B Says:

    I noticed in the previous picture the mailboxes were unmolested. I remember these stores being in small towns also.

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