17 November 2009

A Good Sign: Planter's Peanuts

This amazing-looking painted wall ad, seen from the Seneca Avenue subway platform in Ridgewood, is, in fact, a fake. So Forgotten NY tells us. It was painted in 1985 when they were filming the movie of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs."

Well, so it may be. But, you know, I don't care. It's a marvelous fake. I love the details, particular the stuff up top advertising the services of A. Lux Fine Cutlery.

Saw filing. Grinding. Repairing of all kinds cutlery. Typewriters New Reconditioned Sales Rentals Repairs.

Here's a close-up of Mister Peanut's shining mug. Was there ever a more jaunty corporate mascot?

Much of the ad is now covered up with graffiti, which is what I think makes the ad seem more authentic.

Here's how it looks from the street.

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