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Antique Porcelain Humpback Double Sided NYC Street Sign
Located in Redding, CT
Antique porcelain humpback double sided NYC Street Sign, circa early 1900s. Cobalt blue enamel and white enamel. Sign says Sedgwick Ave & Dickinson Ave. In the Bronx, NY zip code 104...
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Early 20th Century American Decorative Art

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Enamel

New York City Double Sided Porcelain Humpback Street Sign
Located in New York, NY
From the late 1910s until the late 1940s, The city of New York manufactured and installed porcelain "humpback" street signs in four of the five boroughs: Staten Island, Manhattan, Br...
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Vintage 1940s American Architectural Elements

Pre Depression Humpback Porcelain NYC Street Signs
Located in New York, NY
These unique and collectible NYC street signs date to circa 1915. They are porcelain over metal. Truly NYC history hanging on your wall. Priced per street sign. (E.65th/1stAve SOLD)
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Early 20th Century American Signs

1920s-1930s New York Humpback Enamel Street Sign
Located in Bridgeport, CT
In a great cobalt blue enamel on steel denoting "Third Avenue / Cyrus Place."
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Signs

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Steel

Humpback Street Sign - W 129th St.
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for 129th Street. Although we have many more signs from all of the buroughs, we can't guarantee availabilit...
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Early 20th Century American Decorative Art

Humpback Street Sign - E.144 Concord Ave.
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of East 144th Street and Concord Avenue. Although we have many more signs from all of ...
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American Decorative Art

Humpback Street Sign - W.227 Van Corlear Place
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of W.227 and Van Corlear Place. Although we have many more signs from all of the burou...
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Early 20th Century American Decorative Art

Humpback Street Sign - Lawrence Ave. University Ave.
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and University Avenue. Although we have many more signs from all of...
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American Decorative Art

Humpback Street Sign - Jennings St. Intervale Avenue
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of Jennings St and Intervale Avenue. Although we have many more signs from all of the ...
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American Decorative Art

Humpback Street Sign - Crotona Ave. Crotona Pk. S.
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of Crotona Avenue and Crotona Pk. S. Although we have many more signs from all of the ...
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American Decorative Art

Humpback Street Sign - Sedgewick Ave. Reservoir Ave.
Located in New York, NY
Description: Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of Sedgewick Avenue and Reservoir Avenue. Although we have many more sign...
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Early 20th Century American Decorative Art

Humpback Street Sign - Amsterdam Ave. W. 158th St.
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 158th Street. Although we have many more signs from all o...
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American Decorative Art

Humpback Manhattan Street Sign - W 188 Street
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of W. 188th Street and Bennett Avenue. Possibly from Manhattan, this intersection does...
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Early 20th Century American Decorative Art

Humpback Manhattan Street Sign - W 204 Martin Sq.
Located in New York, NY
Description: Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is from Martin Square. Although we have many more signs from all of the buroughs, we can't guaran...
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Early 20th Century American Decorative Art

Humpback Bronx Street Sign - E. 175th Street (Waterloo Pl.)
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of E. 175th Street and Waterloo Place in The Bronx. Although we have many more signs f...
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Early 20th Century American Decorative Art

Humpback Bronx Street Sign - W 230th Street and Arlington Avenue
Located in New York, NY
Dating from the early 1900s, this blue and white "humpback" street sign is for the intersection of W. 230th Street and Waterloo Avenue in The Bronx. Although we have many more signs ...
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American Decorative Art

Street Sign Manhattan New York City Greenwich St. Porcelain Humpback
Located in New York, NY
Greenwich Street at Gansevoort is in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. From the late 1910s until the late 1940s, New York City manufactured and installed porcelain "humpback" stre...
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Vintage 1940s American Architectural Elements

1930's Double Sided Porcelain Humpback State Street Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
1930's double sided porcelain humpback " State Street " sign.
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Vintage 1930s American Signs

Materials

Metal

Humpback Street Sign For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic humpback street sign available at 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, ceramic and porcelain, every humpback street sign was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a humpback street sign — find older editions for sale from the 20th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 20th Century. A humpback street sign is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Industrial styles are sought with frequency.

Finding the Right Signs for You

Vintage and antique signs are popular collector’s items loved not only for the charm and pops of color they add to a space but also for the unique story each one has to tell. An interesting sign can help set the mood for a room and spark dozens of lively conversations.

Before and during the 18th century, many European peasants and colonists in the Americas couldn’t read, so shopkeepers, in an effort to promote their goods and services, hung trade signs with limited amounts of text.

Indeed, symbols and representational physical objects comprised early-day advertising efforts. In lieu of painted words on a wooden board, trade signs made use of handmade three-dimensional symbols to indicate the function of the shop. The iconic red, white and blue pole could be found outside barbershops, while a figural trade sign mounted to an apothecary’s storefront might be a mortar and pestle sculpted from bronze in order to indicate to passers-by that inside there were apothecary cabinets full of remedies for common ailments and a druggist to carefully dispense them.

As literacy rates improved, signs evolved into rectangular, round or square shapes that featured text. Short and sweet, early iterations were characterized by a mere few words, such as “tavern,” “boarding room” or “apothecary.”

During the 19th century, proprietors endeavored to render their signs more appealing. This meant the introduction of more color, font types and other pictorial representations. After the Civil War ended, logos, branding and advertising became increasingly more important, and the design of signage evolved. Trade signs were still in use during the 20th century, and you will likely find hand-painted tin eyeglasses for an optometrist’s office or an oversize bowling pin that likely had a home in the front window of a bowling alley.

Today, collectors and art aficionados alike collect and display antique and vintage signs. Old signs hearken back to a long-gone era, infusing any interior with warmth and nostalgia.

A vintage sign can help anchor a room — think of decorating with signs as you would arranging any kind of wall art. A large-scale sign in particular can prove a distinguishing feature in a living room or dining room, a focal point so prominent that it might lessen the burden of introducing any additional decorative elements to this particular space. Smaller signs work wonders too — pepper sparsely decorated corners with small colorful signs or add a humorous or graphic element to your gallery-style hang with a small text-based sign or two.

On 1stDibs, find metal, wood and glass antique and vintage signs that span a number of styles, including mid-century modern, industrial and folk art.