1920s Bmt New York Subway Sign Vellum Man Cave Brooklyn Queens Myrtle Av Nassau For Sale
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You are offerding on a unique, antique New York BMT (Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit) side destination sign section. This sign came from the AB Standard cars of the BMT subway, which were built in three waves by Pressed Steel Car Company and American Car and Foundry between 1914 and 1924. There were 950 built. The last of them were retired and scrapped in the 1960s. A few still exist as part of museum collections, including the New York City Transit Museum and the Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven, CT.
Each car had two "signboxes" in each side of
the car. Inside the signbox of each AB resided two full rollsigns. The
top was a destination sign, while the bottom one displayed the route. The larger side faced the outside of the car while the smaller side faced inward. When we say It's from an AB, you can be sure that's what it's from! The section is made of black cloth with white printed lettering.
This sign is printed on highly-glossy vellum. The lettering has begun to flake a little bit, but is over 90% intact.
After being in a roll for so many years, the sign would not lay flat for photos.
This sign has destinations printed on both sides. One side was meant to face inward, for passengers on the train, while the other was meant to face outward, for passengers on the platform.
This section measures 24 inches wide by about 36 inches long.
When the BMT first opened in 1913, their only service to Manhattan was over the Williamsburgh and Manhattan Bridges. Trains came in and terminated at either Canal Street or Chambers Street, and sometimes City Hall. However, in 1931, the Montague Street Tunnel was completed under the East River, establishing a loop. The Montague Street tunnel trackage reconnected with the main line just north of the DeKalb Avenue Station. After this station, the trains split off on their respective routes - either the Sea Beach, Brighton, Culver, or West End lines to Coney Island or the 4th Avenue Local to Bay Ridge.
This sign is in excellent (9/10) condition.
The printing is all extremely nice.
The material is still very durable.
Please analyze the photos closely before offerding.
This sign would be great for bar or restaurant decoration, dorm room, den, etc. Also makes that one of a kind gift - you can't find this at Sears or Target. Have fun touring old New York. Own a piece of New York history!
Item shipped for free via USPS Priority Mail in the United States. Foreign buyers to pay actual shipping charges. Please check out our other sales for great subway items, like DVDs and other subway signs. Thanks for looking and good luck!
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1920s Bmt New York Subway Sign Vellum Man Cave Brooklyn Queens Myrtle Av Nassau: $249