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Phil’s Gift Shop and Ellis Bros Furniture

Phil’s Gift Shop and Ellis Bros Furniture still exist in Binghamton, New York, but you can no longer drive past these vintage signs, which are located in the Washington Street pedestrian mall downtown. Ellis Brothers Fine Home Furnishings was founded in 1900 and has occupied the same location for over a century. Phil’s Gift Shop, owned by the Ellis family since 1939, moved north to 136 East Service Road (along Interstate 88).

Ivory Soap and J.A. Mareness Groceries

Ivory Soap and J.A. Mareness Groceries ghost signs. Found at the back of 7573 S. State Street in Lowville, New York.

Nesbit Motel

Classic sign for the Nesbit Motel, 629 N. U.S. Route 15 in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.

Edelweiss Motel

Lake Placid, New York was home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and sits in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, so it’s been a tourist destination for decades. Motels like the Edelweiss, at 2806 Wilmington Road (New York State Route 86), offer affordable accommodations for vacationing families.

Giant Pep-O-Mint Life Savers

Giant Pep-O-Mint Life Savers statue in downtown Gouverneur, New York. According to the Gouverneur Museum, the statue is a tribute to Edward John Noble, a Gouverneur native who founded the LifeSavers Candy Company in 1913. A man named Clarence Crane actually invented the candy, but he sold his business to Noble. The Rotary Club erected the statue in 1987.

The Pasta Man

The Pasta Man neon sign at La Trattoria, 522 Moosic Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Voted best Italian Restaurant in the Scranton Times readers choice award.

Rocket Center

The Rocket Center is a strip mall at 584 Court Street (U.S. Route 11), east of Binghamton, New York. This sign is a great example of Populuxe/Raygun Gothic. Today, this area is something like a vice district, with three strip clubs and a sleazy motel in close proximity.

Pickled Pig

The Pickled Pig, at 2639 Main Street (New York State Route 86) in Lake Placid, New York, an artisan pub with a Southern flair, has only been open for a couple years, but I’m loving this sign!