Porcelain NYC Humpback Street Sign

From the corner of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Greenwich Village apartment, this pre-War porcelain humpback sign was sold to me without the mounting frame.  I found one a few years later, when a bunch of frames of the same vintage showed up on eBay, newly 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 them were thrown away.  At any given moment, you can find several NYC humpbacks for sale on eBay.  I actually saw my sign’s counterpart, (MacDougal @ Washington Sq. N.), for sale a few years back on eBay.  It would have been very sweet to have it, but it sold at an incredible $2300!

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