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Neumann Leathers – Hoboken, NJ – Estelle Saltiel

© Estelle Saltiel

© Estelle Saltiel

The old Neumann Leathers factory will be preserved and rehabilitated, creating a mix-used site that includes residential and retail components and new public space, according to Hoboken’s new draft plan for the historic site released Monday.

– By Laura Herzog – NJ.com – October 20, 2015

Derelict Rockway Park Bus Shelter – Rockaway Beach, NYC

© Frank H. Jump


© Frank H. Jump

Landeweer Auto Showroom & Workplace – Then & Now- Utrecht, NL – Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

circa 1936

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

circa 1915

circa 1908

Landeweer Workplace circa 1908


Landeweer Showroom circa 1920

Article detailing automobile accident involving the owner Klaas Landweer and his companion who ran into a tree with their 16 cylinder Cadillac. “In 1932 Klaas Landeweer driving a nearly new V16 Cadillac with a speed of about 120 km / h against a tree. Klaas Landeweer and his partner, the balloonist Delia Mouton, were taking several bone fractures. The Cadillac, which had a value of 20,000 guilders, caught fire and was completely destroyed.” Conam Auto History website [http://www.conam.info/historie/auto-importeurs-in-nederland/auto-importeurs-in-nederland-beschrijvingen2/2254-klaas-landeweer-utrecht]

Boxes & Paddocks for Pensioned [Horses] – La Seyne-sur-Mer, Toulon FR – Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

La Seyne-sur-Mer, or La Seyne is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It is part of the agglomeration of Toulon, and is situated adjacent to the west of this city. – Wikipedia

Apparently, providing boxes and paddock space for horses is still a thriving industry in France – a service that offers “spa-like” conditions for your horse.

Mullins & Sons Furniture & Carpets – Sunset Park Industrial Park

© Frank H. Jump

Another Mullins vintage mural ad was seen from the elevated line off Broadway in Williamsburg and is featured on Kevin Walsh’s Forgotten-NY website- spotted during one of the first Forgotten Walks. [http://forgotten-ny.com/1999/01/on-broadway-brooklyns-broadway-el-has-a-fascinating-collection-of-old-advertising/]

Graves of Teunis Bergen & Folkert Sprung – Early Bergen Island settlers – Flatlands, Brooklyn

Gravestone of Teunis Bergen, early Flatlands settler. Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Kings Highway © Frank H. Jump

Heir legt het lichaem van Folkert Sprung overleden den 25 October 1807, in het 90 yaer siyns levens – Here lies  the body of Folkert Sprung, died on 25 October 1807 in the 90th year since living.” Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Kings Highway © Frank H. Jump

Historic Homesteads of Kings County – Charles A. Ditmas, 1909 © Google Books


Historic Homesteads of Kings County – Charles A. Ditmas, 1909 © Google Books


Bergen and Mill Islands

Among the numerous islands on the western side of Jamaica Bay and within the jurisdiction of Flatlands, three were inhabited or utilized by Europeans during the colonial period. One of these was Barren Island, the other two being Bergen and Mill Islands. All three of these islands at one time or another belonged to Elbert Elbertse, an early settler at Flatlands. Sixty acres of upland and ample meadows constituted the attraction of Bergen Island, and a mill site and a small parcel of arable land were the chief assets of Mill Island.

Bergen Island remained known into the eighteenth century by its Indian name of Winnipague. Europeans took title to the island in 1646, when Governor Keift granted “Meuters” or Bergen Island to John Underhill. Underhill shortly relinquished the property to others, and in 1665 Elbert Elbertse purchased the island. Probably Elbertse made actual use of the island; however, seventeenth-century records make no mention of a house or dwelling located there. In his will, made in 1686, Elbertse assigned to his son Gerrit Stoothoff “my island . . . under the jurisdiction of Amesfort.” Gerrit also was bequeathed his father’s house and lot “in the town of Amesfort.” The testator left to a son-in-law sixty acres on the mainland.

What became known as the Bergen House was erected well before 1800, the approximate year in which additions were made to the structure. By that time a complicated, drawn-out legal contest had been resolved concerning rival claims to Bergen Island advanced by two lines of Elbertse’s descendants. There is record of an ejectment suit in 1784. At least three men held meadowlands at Bergen Island in the mid-1780s, Wilhemus Stoothoof, Johannis Stoothoof, and Elias Hubbard. – JAMAICA BAY: A HISTORY – Gateway National Recreation Area New York, New Jersey


Young’s Stetson Hats – Clearance Center – 139 Nassau Street, NYC

© Vincenzo Aiosa

This venue is closed.

Since 1959, this hole-in-the-wall hat shop has been topping the pates of the New York City man. From elderly immigrants stuck in a fashion time warp to the hip-hop entrepreneur looking for that perfect lid, Hat Corner customers are as eclectic as the offerings on display at this quintessential hat shop. Newsboys, ivy leagues, newyorkers, berets, ascots, boaters, westerns, Bogarts, Indiana Jones fedoras, ball caps and visors from a plethora of brands such as Kangol, Capas, and Selentinio sit neatly arranged in veneered, wall-to-wall cubby-holes above an ancient parquet floor. The place feels like it has been around for a hundred years, and it has, in one form or another, since a hat shop called Truly Yours occupied this space circa 1890. The sales staff reflects the polarity of its customer base and knows both its hats and its chapeau history. Bring in your old topper for expert restoration or to find a new hatband to match a suit—or a throwback jersey.

Enlarged – Lost City

Enlarged & rotated – Lost City

Lost City Blog

I found this matchbook the other day. It was remarkable enough in that it was a matchbook for a hat store, not a bar or restaurant. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. But the address, 139 Nassau, corner of Beekman, rang a bell. Seemed to me I remembered a hat store being on that corner. – Lost City – http://lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com/2012/05/truly-yours-best-hats.html

New Paltz Savings Bank Revisited – Lonny Behar

© Lonny Behar

Tip Top Cereal Co – formerly 2515 Canal Road – Cleveland, OH – Kathi Waite & Joshua Kudlaty

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Vincenzo on Vespa © Frank H. Jump

Vincenzo on Vespa © Frank H. Jump

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump


Several years ago, you posted a picture of my father’s “shop” Pump and Ice Machine, Inc, in Cleveland Ohio. My son Joshua Kudlaty drove by there Sunday [as they] were headed to a Cleveland Indians game, and decided to stop by and see “Grandpa’s shop.” Property is now out of the family, and it looks like may be headed for the wrecking ball. sigh. Yes, fading.  Place is now abandoned. Sigh. But he got this picture -the back view. I thought you might like to see it. – Kathi Waite

Previously posted on FAB


If it is really your last fading ad blog post, i will be very sad.

However, it seems appropriate. I have been thinking of you a great deal this past week. I discovered your blog and your world from a picture you posted of my father’s shop several years ago. Pump and Ice Machine Inc. It was located on Canal road in Cleveland, Ohio. Well, a week ago, my son made a very sad discovery.

This is the last picture we have of our dad’s beloved machine shop. It appears to have been demolished a day or two the photo was taken.

I felt i needed to share it with you.
Good Luck in whatever you do. I will miss your blog a great deal.

Flint Mi
Ultimate II

© Joshua Kudlaty

Dear Kathleen-

Although I’ve been toying with the idea of throwing in the towel, I thought I would post an April Fool’s Day posting and see what happened. I’ve not been posting as obsessively as I had in the past. After a decade, I’m re-evaluating, self-examining and basically existentially questioning where to go from here. Thank you for sending me this pic. Sorry the building was demolished but I’m surprised it took so long since the last update. I’m posting your pic tonight.

Keep in touch and all the best to you and your family,

Frank H. Jump

This is the last post for Fading Ad Blog

Thank you everyone. It has been really real.