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 managed to find a suitable frame a few years later 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.  This sign’s counterpart, (MacDougal @ Washington Sq. N.), sold for an incredible $2300 on eBay in January 2017… almost ten times what I paid for this sign! While that has tempted me to put this up for sale a few times, I just can’t part with it yet.