December 2013: Pretty much going to be One Shot Mania from the ForgottenArchives till I get a new computer installed and my photo collection back.
In the early 20th Century these navy and white numbers were standard issue Queens street signs, hanging on telephone poles by the thousand. Beginning in 1915, Queens underwent a shift from named streets to numbers, and in some cases old numbering systems were supplanted by the new numbers.
But many area denizens remembered the old names, and these signs helpfully accommodated them by listing the old name in smaller type under the present name.
In the 1940s and 1950s, enamel black on white signs replaced them, which were in turn replaced by blue on white vinyl signs in the 1960s. The present green signs showed up in the 1980s.