Wednesday, April 13

The story behind three faded ads in Manhattan


"If you look up enough while walking through the city, you see a fair number of these weathered ads, partly erased by rain and grime. Deciphering what they say isn’t always easy. Take this ad at 23 East 20th Street. “Furs” is still legible, but the name of the company is tricky. It looks like M. Handin & Grapkin—which is close, as sure enough a company with the name Drapkin appears to have gone into the furrier business as early as 1909. The wonderful faded sign site 14to42.net says that M. Handin and Drapkin were located in this building around 1909, and the faded ad could be more than a century old. ..."
Ephemeral New York

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