CROSLEY SUPER V, Jamaica

During a recent stroll from Flushing to Jamaica down Parsons Boulevard, I was surprised to see this painted-on-bricks ad on the southwest corner of Parsons and Hillside Avenue had reappeared. It had been completely covered by a vinyl ad for several years, and I recall that the entire ad reads, “Hector — have you seen the Crosley Super-V with the new look?” The ad, in yellow paint, is rendered on the brick with no background. It does appear that the grout has been repointed in recent years, but the ad has remained unharmed.

You will only recall the Crosley brand name if you’ve got a few rings in your stump. The company was founded by Cincinnatian Powel Crosley Jr. (1886-1961) as an automobile manufacturer in 1907, but later branched out into radios and became, for a time, one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world; he then founded the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation whose radio calls were WLW. At 50,000 watts, its signal could be heard clearly throughout the midwest and occasionally nationwide. During World War II, Crosley became a leading manufacturer of weaponry such as proximity fuzes.

 

Crosley Field

Among Crosley’s innovations were the second car radio following Motorola; pushbutton radios; radio soap operas; the first refrigerators with door shelving; automobile disc brakes; and lighting for Major League Baseball fields and the first MLB night games. Crosley purchased the Cincinnati Reds in 1934, and renamed Redland Field, where the Reds had played since 1912, for himself. The next year, the first night games were played there and attendance increased dramatically. The Reds won the World Series in 1940, defeating the Detroit Tigers. They would not become a league power until Big Red Machine teams starring Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and Tony Perez captured two titles in 1975 and 1976, but by then, the Reds had moved to Riverfront Stadium. One of Crosley Field’s quirks was a 15-degree upslope in left field called “The Terrace.” When Houston’s Minute Maid Park was opened in the 1990s, it had a similar hill that has since been leveled.

The Super V was a brief Crosley foray into television between 1950 and 1955. Here’s a two-page LIFE Magazine Super V ad spread from September 27, 1954. Crosley stopped selling consumer products under that name in 1956; the Crosley electronics brand name is unrelated to the company started by Powel Crosby. 

Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”

8/15/17


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5 Responses to CROSLEY SUPER V, Jamaica

  1. Mark Lutin says:

    When we were about 15, we discovered an abandoned Crosley car outside of the 78th Street Park in Jackson Heights. We initially thought it was part of a kiddie ride but Alan, the car buff, identified it as a ’51 or ’52 Crosley. It had no seats and was missing most of its engine but that did not stop us from attempting to push it home where we could better enjoy it. We made it about half a block before the police showed up and put an end to our adventure. I just Googled it and see that Crosleys in great shape from those years go for more than $30,000

    Mark Lutin
    http://www.citylightsphotos.com

  2. Jeff B. says:

    My parents bought a Crosley TV when they got married in 1953. It was the TV I watched as a kid until it crapped out in the early 60’s. This page lists Crosley TV’s from the 50’s: http://www.tvhistory.tv/1950-59-CROSLEY.htm

    Our TV looked identical to this set, except it was “Blond” color: http://www.tvhistory.tv/1953-Crosley-21C0LE.JPG

    When we got the RCA Color set around 1966, my Dad cut down the Crosley’s cabinet and made it into a stand/table for the RCA.

  3. Geoff says:

    thats not an original wall ad. It was painted for a movie or a tv show (name escapes me). I have been in this neighborhood on and off since 1964 and only remember seeing the sign sometime in the last 8 years

  4. SJ Bram Williams says:

    Dad served hood country duringWW 2 by working at Crosley. Powell Crosley called Washington, DC and told them that FRED BRAM was already doing research and development for our armed forces which was very necessary to defense for the allies. He said please do not call him away to be a foot soldier. His value was his education and brainwork. That did not earn him a soldier’s marker for his grave. He was very proud to have served our country.

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