1926 – L. Banchero & Co.

May 27, 2015


8327 Plymouth Street

This bizarre backwards mark appears to be from 1926. Let me share my thinking here. First, we’re very close to Banchero & Co.’s home location on 86th Avenue. Second, all my other Banchero marks used a racetrack format whereas this is an oval. Third, unless I’m badly mistaken, there’s no possible way to create a reversed mark with a properly made bronze stamp. Fourth, the numeral 6 next to the (backwards) date “192_” suggests to me that it’s meant as 1926. fifth, all other Banchero marks date from 1927 and later.

The scenario I envision is this: When it went into business in 1926, the Banchero & Co. firm ordered a stamp, but it was defective thanks to a boneheaded foundry error. They went ahead and used it until a new one was made. I’ll have my eye closely peeled as I explore the next few avenues.

1924 – L. M. Rasmussen

May 26, 2015


2056 84th Avenue

This is a much better example than my previous one.

1915 – Hutchinson Co.

May 25, 2015


84th Avenue at Birch Street

There are three of these on 84th Avenue.

1913 – Hutchinson Co.

May 24, 2015


Plymouth Street at 83d Avenue

T. Baldwinson

May 23, 2015


1017 85th Avenue

No date for Mr. Baldwinson. His location, 3131 Stanley Avenue, is up by Toler Heights.

1996 – Tassa Staff

May 22, 2015


975 85th Avenue

The Tassafaronga Center is still a cheerful place.

1943 – Frank Lopes

May 21, 2015


1006 83rd Avenue


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