16 April 2008

A Good Sign: J. Josephs Sons Co.


If you're not taken in by the classic metal sign, perhaps you'll appreciate the New York Mets color choices. Of course, this sign surely date before the Mets existed. In Greepoint.

7 comments:

BaHa said...

The Mets' colors are derived from the offical colors of the City of New York, so the sign could just be an indication of NY patriotism. On the other hand, the Mets have been around for 46 years; that sign could easily be Mets' homage, too.

Nesta said...

To be more precise, I thought the Mets took their colors from the Giants (orange) and the Dodgers (blue), their National League predecessors in New York. The Giants' orange may have been derived from the City's Dutch heritage. Not sure if Dodger Blue meant anything when it was first created.

SGI said...

J. Josephs & Sons has been at the same location for over sixty years. Anyone who grew up in Greenpoint remembers going there with your parents on a Saturday to get that new china closet or to make a payment on the installment plan. The same nice family still owns the business. I've kept the family/neighborhood tradition alive by buying new bedroom furniture for my six year old son. I hope they stick around for another sixty years.

Sam said...

Loved to see this sign. My family lived above the store -- before I was born. J. Josephs was my great grandfather. My Uncle and his cousins (my cousins too) ran the store -- and we went there a few times -- and i loved getting lost in the "back." The Josephs family still owns it, as you pointed out.

Fred said...

Sam...I was "googling" J. Joseph & Sons...saw your blog....Joseph Joseph was my grandfather's (Samuel) brother. His wife was Nettie Josephs. I just called the store and Howard Josephs...a grandson I would guess still runs the store!

Fred

Michael Josephs said...

The family of Joseph Josephs is still around. My father, Seymour Josephs, was the son of Louis Josephs, who was the son of Joseph Josephs. The Greenpoint store is till run by Howard, who was my father's cousin. My father and Howard's brother, Bob, went off to form the own furntiure store on Long Island. Both my father and Bob are gone as is that store, but the original, J. Josephs and Sons, Inc., is still alive and well. I remember seeing portraits of my great grandfather and great grandmother in the office of the store on Manhattan Ave. My wife and I intend to come back and explore Greenpoint.

Leslie said...

Family members: please contact me at lesliejosephs@gmail.com I'm J.Josephs' great-granddaughter and I'm trying to find the rest of the clan.