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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.

Eddie’s Restaurant

Eddie’s Restaurant at 901 Main Street in Sylvan Beach, New York, a local tradition since 1934. Home of the “Hot Ham Sandwich.”

Nesbit Motel

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

Self Service General Store

This former gas station and general store was located at the intersection of State Routes 180 and 12E in the tiny community of Limerick, north of Dexter, New York.

Porky’s Diner

Porky’s Diner (former) 6722 State Route 12E, Three Mile Bay, Jefferson County, New York. Built in 1985, it included a store, diner, gas station, bait shop, and living quarters. Not as old as I thought.

Ryan’s Jet Gas

Sign for Ryan’s Jet Gas at 740 State Street in Watertown, New York. Ryan’s Jet Gas, Inc. was founded in 1930 and has operated at this corner for over 80 years.

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.