28 July 2011

Not Completely a Fake

Nearly two years ago, I posted an item about this fantastic painted ad in Ridgewood. I had initially thought it was genuine. But then I found out, via Forgotten NY, that it was painted in 1985 as a backdrop for the film "Brighton Beach Memoirs."

Well, turns out I was half right. The Planter's Peanuts part was painted for the film. But the stuff up top, about A. Lux Cutlery, is real. Writes a reader: "Lux Cutlery was actually located in that building. The owner was the second generation in that business. He retired shortly after the movie. They supplied knives to members of the NY Meat Cutters Union."

When it comes to New York history, you never stop learning.

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