Posts Tagged ‘Walter Matthau’

Kitschy yellow store signs of the 1970s

March 5, 2010

Yellow with black, yellow with red, yellow with blue—there’s just something about yellow that screams New York City in the 1970s.

I almost picture Walter Matthau walking out of one of these stores.

The American Stamp Manufacturing Company is downtown on Fulton Street.

I love the simplicity of the Swan Piano Co. sign, on Greenpoint Avenue in Queens.

Who doesn’t love a shoetrician? Also Fulton Street (you can go across the street and browse rubber stamps while u wait for your repairs).

Walter Matthau and Steinberg’s Dairy

August 11, 2008

B & H Dairy on Second Avenue and a handful of other dairy restaurants are still hanging on in Manhattan, but there used to be so many more—like Steinberg’s on 82nd and Broadway. This unassuming ad comes from a 1966 New Yorker:

Walter Matthau apparently was a fan of Steinberg’s. In a 1965 New York Times article about how New York–based actors were spending their summer, the author writes:

“Another recluse is Walter Matthau, who will divide his time between his apartment, his club, and Steinberg’s Dairy on Upper Broadway. Mr. Matthau [is] the only man in New York who speaks French to the waiters at Steinberg’s (‘Garcon, some chopped eggplant, s’il vous plait’).”