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© Eric K. Washington

Fair and Square Ribbon painted sign

This painted advertisement endures on the back of the former Joseph Loth & Company “Fair and Square” ribbon mill, built in 1886, on Amsterdam Avenue between West 150th and 151st Streets. The ad reads, “Fair and Square — This Label Is On The Best Ribbon Made.”

“In upper Manhattan, a block-long structure hulks like a stalwart old public building. But a faded ad painted in back reveals its delicate mission more than a century ago…”

Menuiserie – P. Carriou – Carpentry – Aix-en-Provence, FR – Ralph Hassoun

© Ralph Hassoun

© Ralph Hassoun

© Ralph Hassoun

Chapellerie du Cours Mirabeau – Gros et Détail – Aix-en-Provence – Ralph Hassoun

Headwear – Wholesale © Ralph Hassoun

This store was once a hat maker’s shop owned by the father of the painter Cézanne. – Waymarking

cropped – © Ralph Hassoun

Assurez-vous a La Prévoyance… Make sure you have the foresight – Insurance? Life Annuities? – Aix-en-Provence – Ralph Hassoun

© Ralph Hassoun

Rough translation looks to me that this is an insurance or annuities company to safeguard your children’s lives against dangers of floods, fire, explosions, hail, theft…? Any Francophones out there?

Crème Éclipse – Wax polish – Cirage à la cire – Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, FR – Ralph Hassoun

© Ralph Hassoun

The population of Aix numbers approximately 143,000. Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains. Aix was founded in 123 BC by the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus, who gave his name to its springs, following the destruction of the nearby Gallic oppidum at Entremont. – We Love Provence



Carrizozo Trading Co. – Carrizozo, NM Revisited – Vaughn Bass

© Vaughn Bass

© Vaughn Bass

Reilly Electronics – Bronx, NY – Jaqui O

© Jaqui O

© Jaqui O

Parcus Groc. & Mkt. – Rosebud, TX – Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

Beshar’s Rugs & Antiques – Robert P. Beshar Obituary – NYTimes – Bronx, NY – J. O’Shaughnessy

© J. O'Shaughnessy

© J. O’Shaughnessy

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

The Historic Shops & Restaurants of New York By Ellen Williams, Steve Radlauer

The Historic Shops & Restaurants of New York
By Ellen Williams, Steve Radlauer (The Little Bookroom, 2002)

Lorraine Motel – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Memphis, TN – Estelle Saltiel-Pardo

© Estelle Saltiel-Pardo

National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis TN

Where Dr. King checked into the Lorraine Motel – © Estelle Saltiel-Pardo

Can a man love God and hate his brother? – National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis, TN

© Estelle Saltiel-Pardo