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A Sign Onto You: 1912

A Sign Onto You: 1912

New York, February 23, 1912. "Three-ton electric sign blown into Broadway." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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The winds reached 100 MPH that day and caused massive havoc and numerous deaths and injuries.

Ticket Office

Too bad the crashed sign didn't read:


Only seven weeks until sensational return voyage to Great Britain!"

Everything must go

Was there any chance the sign was an advertisement for a sidewalk sail? Rock bottom prices? Cash and scary? Cash and scurry? Low, low overhead certainly.

Not a good sign!

It's fair to say that this was a sign of trouble.

Hotel Astor Roof Gardens

The enormous mansard roof housed the hotel's ballrooms, while the rooftop sported gardens and an eatery.

A clever use of space, but the bane of architectural researchers. Whenever I collect local information about antebellum Southern mansions, the locals always insist there was a ballroom in the attic.

Her Majesty

seems a bit amused over the brouhaha.

Attention New Yorkers

What's that incredible palace in the background?

[It's the Hotel Astor. - Dave]

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