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GENUINE 1940s NEW YORK CITY ROLL-TYPE SUBWAY CAR DESTINATION SIGN

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Seller: bottom-feeder1956 (2,361) 100%, Location: Northport, New York, Ships to: US, Item: 152337195621 Hello, again, eEbayers! The Labor Day holiday has come and gone, fall garage saleing season is in full swing and I've got to get rid of the stuff I buy to pay the bills. Those of you that follow my items and exploits know that I've had one knee surgery and TWO shoulder surgeries, so I'm unable to go back to the type of work I've done for 40+ years, and may never be able to. Only time will tell! Anyway, this item is a REAL PIECE of NEW YORK CITY HISTORY! It's a GENUINE 1947 MECHANICALLY-ROTATING WINDOW-SHADE-TYPE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY CAR "NEXT STOP" SIGN in GREAT, ORIGINAL CONDITION! The sign measures about 32" by 7" by 5" deep, and was manufactured by The Hunter Illuminated Car Sign Company of Flushing, Queens, New York (a HUGE hub of the NYC subway system) I bought this recently at an estate sale, and it was SO dirty, you couldn't see through the window. I gently cleaned the pane inside and out, and dumped about a pound of fine, black soot out of the inside. This sign inserted into a slot in an old subway car and was lighted by fluorescent fixture from below. The "stop" rolls consist of a canvas material painted black except where the lettering is so the light from below lit the next stop. There's a handle at the top for the conductor to manually change the sign, cranking it forward or back. If this sign could only talk! The things it must have witnessed in 40 years on the New York City subway! The history! Births, deaths, marriages! The Post-War boom with couples meeting, hooking up and having babies. The leaner days of the 1950's, when people moved to Long Island and New Jersey and bought cars. The exodus of the Brooklyn Dodgers to LA. (Even after all these years, people who knew and loved those Brooklyn Bums would happily kill the owner, IF he were still alive!) The music and peace-movement era of the 1960's, the extreme crime of the 1970's, (remember Death Wish with Charles Bronson?) which almost sent The City into bankruptcy. (Famous Daily News headline of the day: FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD!) The subway cars of that era were literally COVERED in graffiti, with no space left uncovered. And finally, to the resurgence of the 1980's, when these cars from the 1940s were retired for nice, new stainless-steel cars with lighting and AIR CONDITIONING! Todays NYC subways are much cleaner AND safer. The cars go through washings every night to remove any graffiti immediately, removing the impetus to do it. The graffiti on THIS sign was NOT removed, and the squiggle on the right is a bit Keith Haring-ish, don't you think? Keith Haring was a graffiti artist that eventually went mainstream with his craft, and his drawings today command BIG bucks.Curiosity got the best of me, and I unrolled the 2-roller sign to see if I could figure out what particular line, if any that the car that sported this sign was assigned to. There is an about 6" tear in one edge of the roll, which I repaired with a sheet of paper and shipping tape. A piece of duct tape would probably be a more permanent repair. I'll leave that to you. The roller has stations listed from all over the system, along with "NO PASSENGERS" and "SERVICE" notations. The stops listed on the roller are :57th St.WASH. HTS 207th St.WASH. HTS. 168th St.CONCOURSE 205th St.CONCOURSE Bedford ParkJAMAICA 179th St. QUEENS FOREST HILLS & COURT ST. BORO HALL Each station is written twice on the roller, once right side up, the other upside down. I would assume to be visible inside and outside the car through another window in the car's exterior. I don't see a single NYC Subway line that services all these stops. Washington Heights is located at the extreme north western tip of Manhattan at the end of one line. The 2 Concourses are in the northern-most areas of the Bronx towards the end of another line. Jamaica and Forest Hills lie at the most eastern reaches of the subway system in Queens, Jamaica being the "end of the line", and Borough (proper spelling) Hall is in northern Brooklyn. So whatever area of The Big Apple you are from (or once lived), this sign is for YOU! This is a chance to own a real piece of rare NYC history! Note: If the eBay-quoted shipping costs are actually less OR if you buy or win multiple items from me, I will combine shipping (when POSSIBLE. I'm not shipping the bowling ball and porcelain tea cup together!) and refund the excess shipping charges back to the buyer AFTER shipping. Thank you.

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