Virgin Leaf tobacco was a trademarked chewing tobacco marketed by McAlpin & Co. Since I have never seen their past ads as claiming to be “for the blood,” I am assuming this is a pentimento – two or more ads superimposed upon one another – of the Virgin Leaf ad with a blood tonic. Would love to climb that fence and get a straight on shot of this right after it rains.
Featured Fade: Chew Virgin Leaf Tobacco Ad – Blood Tonic Pentimento – Fulton Street – Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn – Vlad Iorsh
- Previously posted on FAB: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers – West 26th Street & Tenth Avenue – Feb. 5, 2008/
Thanks for the heads up Lisa Colangelo and for forwarding me the Gothamist piece from yesterday that delves into the mystery that was behind wood panelling since 1965, until a few weeks ago. Evidence from this mid-sixties ephemera tells an interesting tale. Check out the Gothamist piece!
This street no longer exists on Google Maps because it no longer exists. Behind Porta Nuova Train Station, this neighborhood was within a few blocks from the former Juventus Stadium. It is a ghost town. But the walls speak. The walls seethe. Anti-Christian (God is Gay), anti-fascist (Antifa) and anti-drug (Jesus is coming) graffiti create a dialogue for the fringe. Calling the Christian God gay is a form of emasculation popular with young marginalized Islamists. The metaphor of Jesus coming implies that the drug dealers who sell their ware on these corners and the people who take these drugs will die soon.