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Caution Optional » Blog Archive » Municipal Street Sign Co., Inc. - no gambling allowed

Even if you’re not familiar with the Municipal Street Sign Company of Brooklyn, NY, if you’ve ever visited NYC, you’ve most likely laid eyes upon some of their handiwork at one corner or another.

They were also responsible for some of the better known symbols of early 19th century NYC. Examples of which can be seen here in a patent by Mr. Abraham Sprung for the classic NYC blue humpback porcelain signs and over at Forgotten-NY.

They were of course gobbled up by Marbelite Signal Co. in the mid to late thirties and had moved out of Brooklyn into Manhattan sometime prior to 1926 so this set of playing cards I was able to pick up recently must come from before then. I’m not sure if the skyline depicted on the back of the playing cards is supposed to represent the Manhattan skyline or if it’s supposed to be some generic construct. But the similarity to a pre Empire State and Chrysler building skyline is quite striking.

I would have expected this type of advertising from Joseph Horni instead of from someone named Abraham… :-)

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