SOLD - York Ave - NYC Humpback Porcelain Sign

$250.00

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This is a humpback porcelain sign from New York City.  It's almost certainly before the 1920's, when painted signs became cheaper to produce.  As paints improved and as metal gained more value, porcelain signs fell out of favor. The heavy gauge steel and the painstaking process of firing these porcelain signs was very expensive, so when a cheaper method was found, it was used.

Many Porcelain signs were recycled for the metal during wartimes, or were recycled informally as targets or other unintended uses, so not many remain.  This one has great color and few major defects.  The chip at the top is more pronounced on one side than on the other, but the holes that were used to bolt it to a signpost are still present.  Check out the extra pictures below for more details.

This sign is from the intersection of York Ave and East 85th Street on the eastern side of Manhattan near the Carl Schurz Park and at approximately the same latitude as the north end of Roosevelt Island.



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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 11 October, 2011.

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