Ghost signs, ghost ads & other phantoms
Plans for the €150 million redevelopment of the historic Boland’s Mill site in Dublin’s docklands, including the construction of a 15-storey apartment block, have been approved by Dublin City Council. The Nama-backed development involves the construction of three new office and residential blocks and the restoration of the five original, but now derelict, mill buildings.
However the reference to the “mill” has been removed from the title of the development which will be called “Boland’s Quay”. The development is one of the first schemes undertaken though the fast-track planning system for the docklands. – Irish Times, Olivia Kelly – July 2015
Robert Peter Beshar, 86, died peacefully at home in Somers, New York on April 16, 2014…In 1993, Bob became President of his family’s rug and antiques business, Beshar’s, in New York City. Bob’s interests were varied and intense. A love of decorative arts — bronzes, china, jewelry, clocks. He liked to say: “the hand shapes the mind.” Reading novels late into the night — convinced there was more truth in fiction than in non-fiction. Telling a great story over dinner and challenging children, grandchildren and startled guests to “sing for their supper.” – NYTimes Obituary
Glimpses from Ridgewood’s Past – Long Island Business School – Deutsch Bros. Furniture – Sarah Feldman (Ridgewood Social)
Instagram video by Sarah Feldman while riding the J Train going towards Myrtle/Wyckoff station.
The uncovering of these ads was brought to my attention two weeks ago by Sarah Feldman of the blog Ridgewood Social where they were posted for the first time in an effort to glean information from the public. From research that was conducted by Anne Broecker and Ron Rayher, these signs were apparently painted around 1919. Various sources point to this as the probable year they were created.
According to The Brownstoner, The Long Island Business School, located at 143 South 8th Street operated from 1899 to 1921, so this sign would have been painted the just a few years before they ceased operations.
The Deutsch Brothers Furniture Store specialized in Grand Rapids Furniture and also sold clothing and phonographs. According to September 4, 1919 edition of The Furniture World Magazine:
The Brooklyn store of Deutsch Bros., at 1480 Broadway, suffered by a serious fire which started in the basement December 18 and considerably damaged the stock on three floors. Damage is estimated at $30,000.
On the website Collectors Weekly, one commenter under the screen name DizzyDave stated in a comment six years ago:
They were located in Chicago, and apparently closed sometime from 1920-1927 due to bankruptcy from a fire in their warehouse. It is later noted that the Deutsch Brothers were commissioned in 1961 by Jacquelyn Kennedy to design furniture in the Louis XV style for the East Room of the White House.