“The Oldest Painted Signs in New York City.“After writing about and posting my father’s history of the S. Oppenheimer Sausage Casing Business, I was fortunate to come across the photograph (above) of the vintage S. Oppenheimer Casing sign. It was taken by Urban Historian Walter Grutchfield and posted on his fascinating website that chronicles ghost signs left on old buildings around New York City.
Among the many interesting facts his research uncovered, “The signs here at 170 Eldridge St., New York City, read Office of / S. Oppenheimer (over the door to left) and S. Oppenheimer (over the door to the right). But when the Oppenheimers occupied the building (1875-1879) the address was 148 Eldridge St. (the buildings on Eldridge St. were renumbered approximately 1885).
As far as I know these signs with a date range 1875 to 1879 are the oldest painted signs in New York City.” – Walter Grutchfield, Urban Historian and photographer
Visit Walter Grutchfield’s immense website – where you will be treated to not only ghost signs, but photos of fire hydrants, dogs, manhole covers, cemetaries and other urban images – and the intriguing stories behind them. Thanks, Walter!
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What an exciting discovery! And for this to be one of the oldest painted signs still visible in NYC, that’s really hitting the jackpot. And thanks for linking to Walter’s site, certainly a kindred spirit.
Thanks Frances! I was so excited to see that — only wish my dad was here to add his “two cents!”