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schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: September 23rd, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Pinking shears over Chelsea

Your post came up on the same day I stumbled across one of these fading signs here while taking a walk around my workplace's neighborhood. I "got lost" while on the way to the local post office — it was a crummy week, and the feel and smell of autumn in the air pulled me astray. I was confronted with this large ad for small-scale cutlery.

In digging further into Frank Jump's online exhibit, I recognized another one: I remember passing this OIL sign from the back seat of my parents' car as we visited my grandparents in the Bronx on weekends.

Forgotten New York has a trove of old signage, architectural features, and transit treasures from ages past — worth a look if you haven't checked it out before, possibly through the Ghost Signs group. Watching elements of a past already old at my birth fading further summons an echoing sadness . . . one that I suspect is shared by fewer people as each year passes.

The sense of preservation you cite in your post led me to buy a manual typewriter some years ago at an antique sale in town. I feel like I offered it sancutary.
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