U.S. Route 11

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.

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.