Posts Tagged ‘Vintage ads’

A glimpse into Soho’s manufacturing past

September 20, 2009

This remarkably well-preserved three-story faded ad was put up by a box company on Spring and Wooster Streets—a nice reminder that Soho was once a manufacturing neighborhood with many small factories. Note the great old phone exchange CA 6-7390.


What happened to the box factory? Probably turned into condos. A little research shows that there was a box company at 73 Wooster Street. Shut down in the mid ’90s, it was renovated into multimillion-dollar loft condos within a few years.

The coolest dress ad on 37th Street

June 20, 2009

Ghost ads of the old garment district can be seen on lots of random midtown buildings, like the side of this one off Seventh Avenue. But few of them have such old-fashioned illustrations!

The top part reads “Gigi Young Originals” and the banner down the right side is “Suzy Perette.”


Lombardy Dresses is described in a 1949 New York Times article as “one of the largest producers in the low-end field.” Suzy Perette was big in the 1960s, known for their “small-waisted, petticoated look,” according to another Times piece.

Faded ads for old-time food products

January 13, 2009

There used to be a big sign on the Coney Island Boardwalk for Hygrade brand hot dogs, which sound very 1960s school lunch-ish (and not particularly appetizing). This sign, in remarkably good condition, is on Sixth Avenue and Bleecker Street in a little park called Sir Winston Churchill Square.










Uneeda Biscuits were actually crackers introduced in 1898 by the new Nabisco company. Other Uneeda Biscuit ads survive on city buildings; this one can be found in downtown Brooklyn near the Manhattan Bridge.


Vintage ads that are fading fast

August 4, 2008

Check ’em out now because they won’t be legible much longer. First up is Omega Oil on West 53rd Street. Oil for cooking? Oil for your hair? A magic health elixer? The answer may be lost to the ages.

This Necchi Sewing Machine ad welcomes passersby to the small-but-surviving sewing machine district, loosely based in the 20s between Fifth and Seventh Avenues. It’s hard to see, but beneath the lettering is a faded sewing machine on a thin-legged table.

The Leonard Furniture Company gets it directly from the manufacturer, according to this Gramercy ad. It’s hard to make out the wording above it, but I think it says Ball Engraving Co.