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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).

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.

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.

Pistolesi Dry Cleaning

Pistolesi Dry Cleaning ghost sign at 12 Church Street in Gouverneur, New York. As far as I can determine, Joseph Pistolesi founded Pistolesi Dry Cleaning and his son Mario owned it until 1952 when other family members took the reigns. The Pistolesi family also owned the Casablanca Restaurant.

Coca Cola – Relieves Fatigue!

Coca-Cola ghost sign on the side of a brick building at 144 Court Street (U.S. Route 11) in Binghamton, New York. “Delicious and refreshing – Relieves Fatigue” … because it used to contain trace amounts of cocaine. Coca-Cola didn’t become completely cocaine-free until 1929.


Found this rare “Werebro” pounding a Coors Light outside a house on US Route 11 in Syracuse, New York.