Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Phantom Flour Sack
44 Central Avenue is one of two buildings which form "The Point" where Central and Washington Avenues meet. A wonderful old commercial brick building an old hoist stick mounted on an upper floor, it is now home to the Preservation League of New York State.
I have walked past this building hundreds of times over the years - as a little girl going shopping at Woolworth's and, later, on the way to buy David Bowie albums at World Records or vintage clothing at Daybreak. In more recent years, I'd walk by on the way to Honest Weight.
But, while I had noticed the faded ghost signs which overlook the parking lot on the west side, I would never have noticed this ghost sign on the front if not for a discussion in the Facebook group, Albany...the way it was. If you're from Albany, have an interest in its past (distant and recent), and you're on Facebook, consider joining them.
It's a flour sack - a nod to the building's past as a grain and feed store. Man