06 November 2004

Is It Really DOG FOOD?

Vintage 1943 ad for Gaines Dog Food
This vintage 1943 advertisement, found on R1 car 381, seems like an innocent ad for dog food. There are so many references to this being for dogs.
  • The emphasis on the word Dog on the bag
  • The drawing of a dog on the bag
  • The word DOG on the bowl
  • The dog apparently eating from the bowl
  • The tag line, Give your Dog his daily vitamins
  • The expanded name, Gaines Complete Dog Food
Then, there's something startling in the first bullet point: Used by U. S. Army.

Don't tell me they were feeding Dog Food to those soldiers!

02 November 2004

How Far Is It to the LIRR?

A sign on the wall adjacent to the top of a set of stairs from below reads, LIRR: 2 blocks. An exit sign on the wall near the bottom of a second set of stairs leading to the surface includes, LIRR: 3 blocks.

At the Vernon-Jackson station in Long Island City, you have these signs. One says that it's only 2 blocks to the LIRR. The other says it's 3 blocks to the LIRR. So which is it? It's actually two short blocks (from 50th Avenue to Borden Avenue), followed by a long block, that's about the length of two-and-a-half blocks (from Vernon Boulevard to 5th Street). You can see the neighborhood in the map below.

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24 October 2004

Tower Does Tha Ghettospeak

Tower Records, 66th & Broadway.
Marquee from the Tower Records storefront. It reads in part, "THA DAY AFTER TOMORROW."
So tha so-called "ghettospeak" has seeped into tha marquee of tha store.

21 October 2004

It gets cold in New York, but not THIS cold!

A clock/thermometer display showing a temperature of negative 75 degrees.
55th Street & Broadway, Manhattan, 21 October 2004, 22:27:23

You're not seeing things. This clock/thermometer is actually saying that the temperature is -75°. In other words, SEVENTY-FIVE DEGREES BELOW ZERO! I am assuming that this is in the Fahrenheit scale, because if it were Centigrade, it would be even colder! However, with the date and time provided above, the weather records clearly indicate that the actual temperature was nowhere near this otherwise record low for this or any date in New York City.

08 October 2004

Looks like there's a building here already.

Banner on a building. The banner says, "BUILDING Coming Soon."
Banner on a building in Kew Gardens, Queens
That's funny. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that there's already a building there! In fact, the building came before the banner did!
Also, it looks like the banner originally said, "Coming soom." I guess the sign makers didn't want to spend the money to make a brand new banner, to hang from the building that's been there since before this banner was made.

01 July 2004

What Color is the Lexington Avenue Line, anyway?

It's certainly not red!

Poster in a subway station, with red 4 and 5 bullets.

No Standing

Bus stop sign. No Standing, 6 AM to 10 AM. NYCT: Drop-off Only. Command: Drop-off only. No Standing, 10 AM to 6 AM. Tour Buses: Drop-off & Pick-Up. Battery Place & Washington Street
Either the D.O.T. thinks that time runs backwards, or they put up a rather confusing way of saying no standing 24 hours a day.