Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wallet Card at Manufacturers Trust

A few days ago I showed the still-extant safe door of the long-defunct Manufacturers Trust Bank in one of the first modern bank buildings. Here is an older remnant of the bank (the name was last used in 1961), on this door at its former branch outside the New Yorker Hotel.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1989 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Chris Gollehon

Chris Gollehon pitched in the Tigers and Padres organizations in 1988 and 1989. In 24 career games (12 with Spokane) he went 0-2 with an 8.07 ERA. He did seem to make the most of his brief time in Spokane though - a 1995 article has the announcement of the engagement of the Florida native to a woman from Spokane.

The only optical store listed in the 1982 directory is called U-City Optical. There is no other reference to the company on the internet. By the time the mall closed in 1997 there was a store called Vista Optical so presumably it could be that as well.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wallet Card at Elk Leather

What's that sign peeking out behind the awning for Utmost Fashion Corp at 1204 Broadway?

It's Elk Leather, which operated for just four years in the early nineties, and yet their sign lives on almost 25 years later.

1989 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Steve Martin

Infielder Steve Martin played in the Padres, Orioles and Angels organizations from 1989 to 1993. In 418 games, he hit .249 with 26 HR and 163 RBI. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

I covered Hamer's in a previous set. You wouldn't even know it was a men's clothing store from this photo, which just shows the store's cash register.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wallet Card at the Manufacturers Trust vault

I've shown a few stately old bank buildings on this blog recently, all of which were imposing, fortress-like buildings. In 1954 Manufacturers Trust designed a radically new bank building designed to inspire confidence and trust, with glass-windowed walls and a bright, open design meant to encourage confidence in banking, instead of having it seen as some shadowy, mysterious transaction. This was most clearly evident by the placement of the bank's vault, placed not in the bowels of the building, as was usually the case, but right in the main window.

By 2011, Manufacturers Trust had long become a part of JP Morgan Chase and the bank was no longer in this location at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, yet the interior - at least, what remained of it - was given landmark status (the exterior had achieved this status some years earlier).  The current tenants of the building are two clothing stores who work around the landmarked parts of the interior, particularly the vault door (the vault itself is long gone).

Friday, January 13, 2017

1989 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Troy Cunningham

Spokane native Troy Cunningham made his professional debut for his local team but was not successful, going 1-2 with a 6.15 ERA in eighteen games. He pitched one more season, going 4-11 with a 4.33 ERA for Charleston, ending his career. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

I already covered JJ Newberry in a previous post. It doesn't get more '80s than a neon mall arcade sign.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wallet Card at Sunrise National Bank

Sunrise National Bank in Baldwin, NY has been defunct for decades, but its name still graces a building that today houses a wig shop, a cell-phone store, and a cash-for-gold place.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1989 Spokane Indians at the Mall - Scot Welish

Infielder Scot Welish played in the Padres organization in 1988 and 1989. In 157 games he hit .271 with 3 HR and 64 RBI.

Can't tell what store Welish is at - not enough of the sign is visible. There are bathing suits and a surfboard - maybe s surf shop, or more likely a clothing store using a surfing theme for their display.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wallet Card at Abramson Brothers

Back in 2015 I posted a property management sign from Abramson Brothers that had an old phone exchange - MU7-2655. I checked out the other properties they are listed as owning and several others had these cool old signs. Even better, the phone number still works!

Monday, January 9, 2017

1989 Spokane Indians at the mall - Brian Span

Outfielder Brian Span played in the Padres organization in 1988 and 1989. In 142 games he hit .225 with 8 HR and 58 RBI.

He is at DJ's Sound City, hanging out with the same Whitney Houston cutout that Steve Lubratich posed with in the 1988 set.