by Kevin Walsh

I was waiting for a dinner companion, furtively pacing around on Washington and 4th in the Sixth Borough recently when I happened upon a classic sidewalk sign for Hoboken Cleaners on a white background with individual red plastic letters.

There was a time when this sort of thing was probably available at any hardware store of your choice and you didn’t need a professional signmaker to run it up for you. You could buy whatever plastic letters you needed. It’s impossible to date this sign — it could be anywhere from 30 to 60 years old. The letters haven’t worn much and look pretty much the same as they did when they were first installed.

I have enjoyed working in Hoboken these past few months, but cost of living-wise, like most women I’m attracted to, it’s out of my league.


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