Posts Tagged ‘1960s store signs’

Vintage signs on old-school luncheonettes

October 24, 2011

Spotting one of these falling-apart signs is like entering a time warp. Few are left, and the ones that remain likely won’t be around much longer.

Park Luncheonette, at 334 Driggs Avenue on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border,  was a real soda fountain serving diner grub since the 1930s.

After a cameo in The Departed and then an upgrade in the mid-2000s, it closed a few years ago.

I’m not sure how long the Cup & Saucer has been satisfying greasy spoon cravings at the corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets.

But the to-the-point sign has got to be from the 1970s at least.

Tom’s Restaurant, at Sterling Place and Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, has been going strong since the 1936.

It’s not the Tom’s from the Suzanne Vega song—that’s the other old-school Tom’s, on Broadway and 112th Street.

New York’s kitschy and colorful store signs

March 9, 2011

Dating from roughly the 1960s to the 1980s, these eye-catching relics of another New York don’t take themselves too seriously.

I’ve never been to the Bridgeview Diner, near the foot of the Verrazano Bridge in Bay Ridge, but I like the image of the tipped-forward cocktail glass so much, I wouldn’t mind having a drink there.

A Hello Kitty and a Smurf on one sign? It’s a 1980s kid’s dream place to shop. I didn’t even know they still made Smurfs, but I guess this Chinatown store stocks them.

Ephemeral reader Sheena snapped this one on Schenectady Avenue. I imagine rows of bee-hive hair dryers inside.

Love the crown image with the building number inside.

Supercool store signs that time forgot

June 23, 2010

Design shifts and styles change, but these colorful mid-century signs remain the same. 

Fashions Coiffures must have done many a beehive hairdo in its day. It’s off Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

La Delice bakes old-school pastries in Murray Hill and also has the French thing going.

Mermelstein Caterers, also in Crown Heights, has that festive wine glass looped inside the M. Clearly your kosher party headquarters.

The sweetest store sign in Manhattan

October 22, 2009

Economy Candy, on Rivington Street, has such a nice old-timey sign. It’s a neat place to poke around and stock up on old-school treats as well. 

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The neighborhood candy store is fast becoming extinct in New York City, going the way of the independent drugstore and the superette. Let’s hope Economy stays put.

Kitschy and colorful 1960s store signs

September 2, 2009

Vintage signs like these have such a Jetsons-era feel. They liven otherwise drab city blocks with color and fun swinging-’60s fonts.

Superior Florists are off Sixth Avenue in the ever-shrinking flower district of the upper 20s:

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The Carnegie Deli sign, on Seventh Avenue in the 50s, features a similar retro cursive font and an even brighter yellow hue:

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At Greenpoint Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside is the King Boulevard Mens Shop. (Suits for $79.99!) 

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The poor Trowel & Square Ballroom, on 125th Street in Harlem, looks neglected and forlorn: 

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Strange to name a ballroom after a tool used to spread dirt or cement. Does anyone know the history of this place?

More signs that have seen better days

June 1, 2009

Dirt, dust, missing or crooked letters—these old yet charming store signs continue to hang on and get their message across.

Heather’s Treasures (free lay-a-way!) is on East 23rd Street:

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Best Housekeeping has been on Avenue A since 1924 (no idea about the age of the sign, however):

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Eddie’s Wholesales has stationary goods and paper goods:

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Now this sounds like a real old German beauty shop, in Yorkville, of course:

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