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Encino Motel Management – Encino, NM

© Frank H. Jump

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Rock City – Chattanooga, TN

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Lenny Weinstein – artist – Forestville, CA – www.luckymojo.com – Cat Yronwode

“Rock City” became sort of private code between us for all the lost wonders of the ancient world we had never viewed first-hand. – Cat Yronwode

McElree’s Wine of Cardui for Women – Chattanooga, TN

© Frank H. Jump

Martha’s Vintage Attic

The Quack Doctor

Chas. Patterson Feed © Frank H. Jump

On a website called The Museum of Menstruation, there’s a tongue-in-cheek anecdote taken from a 1904 women’s medical journal called “The 20th Century Song Book”: “Menstrual, kidney & liver problems, constipation & bowels, tiredness, indigestion,colic, colds, chills, fever, childbirth, rheumatism, arthritis, menarche,leuchorrhea, dizziness, pain, headache, Cardui, Wine of Cardui, tonic, ‘female weakness,’ etc.” Perhaps this should be sung to a popular “list song” tune like the “Twelve Days of Christmas” or Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” – Fading Ads of New York City (History Press, 2011) © Frank H. Jump

According to The Mary Frans Muse Weebly:

In 1880 Dr. McElree’s Wine of Cardui was introduced, a menstrual relief product for women . To maintain the company’s building reputation for quality, the new product was delivered to customers with the agreement that they would pay for it only if fully satisfied with its results. Wine of Cardui immediately became successful, as more than 6,500 women reported cures and sent payment to the company for an initial shipment of 7,000 bottles…. The Company was founded as the Chattanooga Medicine Company on February 21, 1879. It began operations in a small unpretentious 2-story brick building located on a muddy, unpaved road called Market Street in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. At the time, the city of Chattanooga consisted of fewer than 10,000 people whose occupations often centered around the railroad and thriving river port. 

Ben-Rose – Kingston Avenue – Crown Heights, Brooklyn

© Vincenzo Aiosa

We Buy Antiques – Call Elliott – Coney Island Avenue – Kensington, Brooklyn

Oriental Rugs, Furniture, Cut Glass, Jewelry, Coins, Paintings, Frames, Pianos, Silver, Bric-a-Brac, Old Books                  © Frank H. Jump

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© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Stephenson Contractor – 1137 Nostrand Avenue – Flatbush, Brooklyn

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Masons – St Johns Place – Crown Heights, Brooklyn #haiku

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Crown Heights Haiku

The double-parking
Of cars in front of churches;
Kosher pizza joints

Ad For Office Space @ 91 Park Row, NYC – Fulton Street – Ocean Hill, Brooklyn

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

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© Frank H. Jump

This address is no longer extant.

Swift & Company – Lard – Gold Medal Flour – Dry Goods Pentimento – Fulton Street – Ocean Hill, Brooklyn

Upper portion of wall. Clearly says ‘dry goods’ at the bottom. Looks like Loews at the top.

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Consistent with vintage Swift Premium Lard ads © Frank H. Jump

The Scout Patch Auction

© Frank H. Jump

Why Not Now? © Frank H. Jump

Cardinal Realty Company – Mortgage Loans – Auto Insurance – St. Johns Place – Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Small Monthly Payments – 531 Nostrand Avenue NE8-9000 © Frank H. Jump

Ebay

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Cardinal Realty Company, Inc. is a corporation based in New York and it’s registered under DOS number 67261. Cardinal Realty Company, Inc. was registered in June 22, 1951. The company’s status is listed as Inactive – Dissolution (Dec 19, 1984) as recorded in documents filed with New York Department of State. – Companies NY dot com

Old telephone exchange was NEvins 8-9000.