Black Cat Cigarettes was first introduced to the English market in 1904 by Carreras Ltd , the company of a London-based Spanish nobleman, which was by then well-established in the tobacco market. Carreras built the art deco Greater London House in Mornington Crescent as a factory in 1926, and Black Cat was one of the first machine manufactured cigarette brands in the UK. The cat itself owes its origins to a real black cat that used to reside in Don Jose Carreras Ferrer’s Wardour Street shop. – Ghost Signs: London’s fading Spectacle of History – Sam Roberts and Sebastian Groes – Literary London Journal
Back in December of 2013, Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York did a posting on the “upscale florist shop” Doro’s Annex, which after 33 years in business finally shut its doors on 9th Avenue and West 21st Street. Yesterday, an Instagram buddy of mine, Michael Glicksman posted the image above and at my request sent me the image below to be featured on FAB.
Now, if I were opening the Swedish café Michael believes will be at this location, I would have solved my sign problem immediately and would repurpose this old relic. In places like the Netherlands, it would be the law. Patrimony is a strong national and municipal heritage & preservation movement all across the Netherlands. My great grandmother’s Florist sign apparently will be added to the building she lived and worked from for over fifty years during and after the German occupation. Ironically, a wonderful German woman by the name of Monika Thé occupied this space for the next fifty years after my great grandmother, Gatske de Jong died of tuberculosis and was kind enough to let my mother and myself in three years ago on Easter Sunday where she entertained us all afternoon with delicious tea and cookies.