Porcelain NYC Humpback Street Sign


This sign from the corner of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Greenwich Village apartment at Washington Square North & MacDougal was probably manufactured in the 1910s or ’20s. It did not come to me in its original frame, so I placed it in a frame of similar vintage that was retired from Easton, PA. I think these cobalt blue signs look very graceful, and I love the font, especially the way the points of the “W” and “N” extend ever so slightly below the base line.

 Apparently, not too many of these signs were thrown away.  At any given moment, you can find several of them for sale on eBay.  Rare or not, NYC humpback signs look great, and  it’s extra nice to have one from a corner that is well known or interesting.

I actually saw my sign’s counterpart, (MacDougal @ Washington Sq. N.), for sale a few years back on eBay, but it was bid up to $2300.  At that price, I can live with half of the pair!