I returned to Cincinnati after sixteen years on our cross-country trip we took this summer. Again, I visited my friend and mentor Tod Swormstedt, founder of the American Sign Museum. In 1999, the museum was just an idea Tod had and today it is a fully realized dream. I searched for this sign, hoping it was still untouched and it was.
Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine neighbor surely has changed as it has morphed from a quasi-abandoned and under-served ghetto into a trendy, upscale dining and drinking strip surrounded by squalor. On our trip across this great nation, the stark differences between the “haves & have-nots” has never been more evident. Within several blocks of profitable tourist trade are communities, both African-American and Euro-American poor living side by side in utter poverty, many of whom have been displaced by gentrification. The tension was palpable.
Dominating this scenario are the anachronistic remnants of a former German immigrant commercial district, touting products that were luxury items in their day.
From what I can read it looks like: “Stofhelberg’s Havana Seconds- Cigars” Possibly Henry Straus was the distributor. – Fading Ad Campaign, June 1999
The Newman Block, of course. At 801 Main Ave., it was built in 1892 by Charles Newman, who made his fortune first through pharmacies he owned with his brothers-in-law in Silverton, Alamosa, Animas City and Chama, New Mexico, and later by locating the Swansea Mine in Rico. His drugstore in Durango went on to become S.G. Wall Druggist, the current site of Olde Tymer’s Café. Newman also represented our region in the Colorado Senate. – Durango Herald – Ann Butler, June 17, 2014
- History’s Mysteries: Ghost Sign on East 6th Street By Andito – November 21, 2011 – Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Rocky’s News and Cigar on North Salina Street in Syracuse is the self-proclaimed “#1 Cigar Store in Upstate New York.” Established in 1985, Rocky’s currently sells a variety of snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, necessities, magazines, lottery tickets, cigarettes, lighters, cutters, ashtrays, humidors, pipes, pipe tobacco, and cigars. They even boast an online retail store where you can peruse their wide selection of products in the comfort of your home. – Peter Work, Examiner dot com – February 24, 2010
This is a stretch but I am making a leap of faith that the GRANDAS on this pentimento is associated with the Montreal resident Jose Granda – cigar maker – immigrant from Spain. Below is the obituary of his daughter Mary Cook.
COOK, Mary (nee Granda) August 10th, 1924 – October 13th, 2012Passed away at Father Dowd Memorial Home at the age of eighty-eight after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Mary’s late father, Jose Granda, and his brothers were among the first immigrants from Spain to settle in Montreal in 1900 as founding partners in Jose Granda Cigars Ltd on St-Laurent Boulevard. She was predeceased by her brothers Pepe, Adolpho, Armando, Domingo and John, and by her sisters Feliz, Blanca, Luz and Paulina.
Beloved wife of Mr. Douglas James Cook and devoted mother to Linda (Bill Dalziel), Eric (Kathleen Casey) and Nina (Peter Walker). Loving Tita to Ryan, Kristin, Michael, Morgan, Andrew, Stuart, Michael, Maria, Evan and Casey. She will be greatly missed by her great-granddaughter Maya, her nieces and nephews as well as many other relatives and friends.
Family will receive condolences at Kane and Fetterly Funeral Home (5301, Decarie Boulevard (corner Isabella), Montreal, H3W 3C4) on Friday, November 2nd from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St-Ignatius Parish (4455 West Broadway, Montreal) on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.Published in The Gazette on October 24, 2012
- Selling Smoke – How Canadian cigar boxes pitched their wares – 1883 – 1935 – Civilization dot ca