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The Bowery: 1905

The Bowery: 1905

New York circa 1905. "The Bowery." The Third Avenue El, slicing through one of the Big Apple's seedier sections. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Photo Enameling

To: SignpainterJeff You asked about Photo Enameling....

There's a really good article and information about how to do it at:

Hope that helps...

Best Regards,
Julian (Fozzy The Bear)

Lots to see here

and in amongst the great signage I spot a sign offering "photo enameling." Can anyone explain this process for me?

I agree with larc that parcel looks to have been freshly laundered. I'm still laughing over that horse's comment Dave.

It Pays to Save

Hmmm, what I remembered must've been from a different time:

It pays to save at the Bowery
So start your savings account right away
Save more and borrow less,
Save for your happiness,
Save at the Bowery Savings Bank.

(Still solid advice, actually.)

Looks as if this fellow

may be on his way into the bank to make a rather sizable deposit.

Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?

Joltin Joe was the spokesman for the Bowery Savings Bank for 20 or so years. The arrangement ended in 1992 when the bank was merged out of existence. Their branch at 110 East 42nd Street still stands. It is now called Cipriani's 42nd Street and is a high end catering site. The interior remains almost untouched, including the teller stations.

No Louie's Sweetshop?

This can't be the Bowery -- no Slip, Satch, Whitey, Gabe or Louie Dombrowski.

For racco

The Bowery.
The Bowery.
The Bowery pays a lot.
The Bowery pays you six percent,
while the other savings banks
do not.

No more tracks, no more horses

3rd Ave El

Amazing how the El dominates the street.

It pays to save at the Bowery

I grew up near NYC, and after 50 years I can still hear the radio jingle for the Bowery Savings Bank in my head, and remember every word. What is it about those jingles that they never leave your brain?

Horse Thought Balloon


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