Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Privilege signs

Those signs, often for Coca-Cola, sometimes for Pepsi-Cola, that used to adorn candy stores and small grocery stores, and sometimes still do: they are called privilege signs (The New York Times).

Reading the Times article reminds me that I should mention James and Karla Murray’s book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York (Gingko Press, 2011). It was a gift from my son. Thank you, Ben. There are samples online.

The Times reports that more than half the storefronts photographed for the book are now gone.

comments: 3

Stephen said...

Thanks, Michael. You might be interested in a movie I saw a couple of weeks ago.

Michael Leddy said...

I am, for sure. If it doesn’t show up near me, I’ll wait for the DVD. Thanks for the recommendation, Stephen.

Geo-B said...

And it's appropriate that this book is published by Gingko Press since the gingko tree, plentiful in NYC, is itself a remnant, a throwback in trees, planted in cities because of its hardiness, producing a beautiful yellow fall leaf and an unpleasant fruit.