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Snowflake Sodas Painted Ad – Harmony U-Park-It Garage – Portland, OR – Pacific NW Correspondent, Howie Schechter

© Howie Schechter

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Vintage 1946 Snowflake Sodas Ad

1967 Press-Herald – CLICK FOR LINK

Le Comte & Co Revisited – Red Hook, Brooklyn

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

“Tin Cans, Galvanized Iron & Terne Plate Drums for Export & Domestic Grade…”

Chelsea Fading Ad Photoshoot with WSJ Photographer, Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

© Mark Abramson

  • Signs of Times Past and Passing by Lana Bortolot for the Wall Street Journal - Dec 9th, 2011

Wall Street Journal – article by Lana Bortolot

Royal Lace Paper Works, Inc – Lorimer Street – Greenpoint, Brooklyn

© Vincenzo Aiosa

LIFE Magazine – October 10, 1955 – Google Books

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Life Magazine – April 26, 1954 – Google Books – CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE

eBay

© Vincenzo Aiosa

 Available in many gay, colorful and completely new patterns [that] never fades, never curls.

Turn Left – [We] Specialize In… – Astoria Blvd – East Elmhurst, Queens

© Frank H. Jump

Flour Ad – West Philadelphia, PA

Best Bread © Vincenzo Aiosa

Coutarelli Cigarettes – Maden Supérieur – Alexandria, Egypt – Uptown Correspondent, Iman R. Abdulfattah

© Iman R. Abdulfattah

 I had totally forgotten about it until my friend mentioned it yesterday. I love researching the old companies that are being advertised and reflecting on how much the city has changed over time. - Iman R. Abdulfattah

Fratti Auctions dot com – CLICK FOR LINK

© Iman R. Abdulfattah

According to Relli Shechter in Smoking, Culture & Economy in the Middle East- The Egyptian Tobacco Market 1850 – 2000, Coutarelli was the only large-scale Greek producer for the Egyptian tobacco smoking market, opening its business immediately after 1890 [p.80, Shechter].  In early February 1918, cigarette roller strikes occurred in Alexandria where the company was located [p.89]. According to Shechter, Coutarelli…

…began machine production in 1922, when it bought its first three cigarette-making machines. In 1945, an article in La Reforme suggested that Coutarelli employed more than 5,000 persons in production and distribution, thus putting the percentage of persons employed in Coutarelli at slightly less than a third of the total number employed in the business.

© Delcampe dot com – CLICK FOR LINK

Delcampe dot com

Former U.S. Diplomat Henry Precht, who was chief of the Iran Desk at the US State Department during the years of the Revolution and the hostage crisis said the following in a March 8, 2000 interview conducted by Charles Stuart Kennedy for The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project:

Coutarelli had been the cigarette king of Egypt and had died after marrying a rather disreputable, it was said, Italian lady whom the family disapproved of. She was afraid that her huge house with an immense garden right around the corner from the consulate would be taken away either by the Egyptian government or by her husband’s family. So, she rented it to an American vice consul for his housing allowance in order to safeguard it. And it worked, at least for us certainly.

Uneeda Biscuit Repaint – O.J. Gude Co., N.Y. – Syracuse, NY

© Vincenzo Aiosa

7 Up – Ceramic Store – Alexandria, Egypt – Uptown Correspondent, Iman R. Abdulfattah

© Iman R. Abdulfattah

© Iman R. Abdulfattah

© Iman R. Abdulfattah

Looks like two superimposed ads: the Arabic on the left is for a ceramic company; then there is a 7 Up ad in the upper right corner, plus more Arabic that seems unrelated to 7 Up but possibly the beginning of the ceramic company ad. – Iman R. Abdulfattah

Off Gumhuriyya Square
Alexandria, Egypt

7 Up was created by Charles Leiper Grigg, who launched his St. Louis–based company The Howdy Corporation in 1920. Grigg came up with the formula for a lemon-lime soft drink in 1929. The product, originally named “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda”, was launched two weeks before the Wall Street Crash of 1929. It contained lithium citrate, a mood-stabilizing drug, until 1950. It was one of a number of patent medicine products popular in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.Wikipedia

The Man Who Would Not Fade: A Survivor’s Refusal to Be Forgotten by Sion Fullana – Beacon Reader

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© Sion Fullana

Finally!!!! Here’s my 2nd story on my “Extraordinary Everyday New Yorkers” on Beacon Reader. And I’m truly proud of it!

It is an absolute pleasure to be able to share the inspiring story of Frank H Jump, artist, teacher, activist, SURVIVOR… 30 years living with HIV, a situation he turned around from the start to inspire him to live life fully and create, which he did with his extraordinary project “The Fading Ad campaign”. And how great to be able to publish today… on Frank’s actual 54th birthday. Thank you, dear Frank, for opening the door and your heart to me and let me tell your story. Thank you to our common darling friend, Ruth, who made it possible for our paths to cross. You are such an inspiration.

Much love and happy birthday, Frank!!! To many many more (healthy and creative) years!!! – Sion Fullana

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