My Lord, there is a heavy concentration of faded signs on the block of Spring Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick. Here's a view, looking east, in which you can see two of them at once, a huge vertical advertisement for what looks to be Garvin Machine Co., and a bigger, but much younger sign for Baldwin Belting, a Goodyear carrier. The latter sign dates from the 1940s.
Looking west from mid-block, meanwhile, you are entreated to patronize Thurston and Braidich. It doesn't say, but they were gum importers. That's right. Gum importers. The sign dates from 1902, according to Frank Jump.