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Featured Fade – Vintage Sen-Sen Ad – Milwaukee, WI – Pete Anderson

Pete Lit – “For Hoarseness.” Gorgeous, massive ad – six stories tall. 158 N. Broadway, Third Ward, Milwaukee. © Peter Anderson

“For Hoarseness.” Gorgeous, massive ad – six stories tall. 158 N. Broadway, Third Ward, Milwaukee. I actually visited, about ten years ago, the Chicago factory where Sen-Sen was last manufactured. I brought home a sample, but don’t remember trying it – the owners warned me that it had a strange taste. According to Wikipedia (which noted its “frequent use in covering up the odoriferous evidence of perceived vices such as drinking and cigarette smoking”) the product was discontinued in 2013. – Pete Lit, April 30, 2017

Vintage Ad from June 1901 – Judge Magazine – © Getty Images

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


French Road Sign – Ville de Lens, FR – Gaia Son

The place of my loved one’s birth. FHJ © Gaia Son

Passing Lens on our way to the Vendée coast. Border was barricaded this morning, cars getting checked one by one – country is on high alert with the 1st round of presidential elections going on. – G. Son

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

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

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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

No Weapons Beyond This Point – Alabama Visitor’s Center – Route 59

Double Exposure © Frank H. Jump

This sign was on the door of the entrance to the visitors’ center in Alabama. The hand with mendhi tattoos was taken during one of our school’s Magnet Expos, a multicultural culmination to our year. Vincenzo can be seen peeking through the door.

New Paltz Savings Bank Revisited – Lonny Behar

© Lonny Behar

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



Featured Fade: Chamber Street Smoke Shop – Carrie Zimmerman – Lower Manhattan

© Carrie Zimmerman