Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ghost gold pens ad

I've been doing a lot of digging into the history of the early gold pen makers of New York recently. So it was a pleasant surprise to run across this photo of an ancient and very faded painted advertisement somewhere on Nassau Street -- one of the centers of the trade in the 19th century.

I can't quite make out any of the words above "GOLD PENS", nor is there any further information in the original post (where you can view the full-sized version of the image above, along with a host of other ghost ads from times past).

PS From Google Maps, the building appears to be on the east side of Nassau Street between John and Fulton, with the photo taken from somewhere near the intersection with John Street, looking northeast down Nassau. Street View doesn't help much beyond this -- no idea of the exact address, or if the ad is still visible (the picture was posted in 2008).

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