Jon Crispin's Notebook


Posted in Advertising, Buildings, History, Landscape, Weather by joncrispin on 24/08/2010

The New York State Museum is looking at some older style newsstands that are slowly being replaced by a more modern version.  I was in the city yesterday on a mad dash down Broadway starting at 178th Street and ending around Times Square.  It was very windy, rainy, rushed and a total blast.  We were helped out by Harley Spiller, who is THE expert on the stands and in particular the paperweights used to hold down the piles of papers.  An amazing and very cool guy.  This stand is on the corner of 46th and Broadway.

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  1. Peter said, on 24/08/2010 at 4:47 pm

    I like the fact that it was a rainy day.
    So what is the deal with the weights? Are there specially made weights for these newsstands?

    • joncrispin said, on 24/08/2010 at 8:10 pm

      The weights were a basic form of advertising, as well as being functional. They were cast iron with the names of magazines or newspapers on them. Harley’s interest stemmed from the fact that his father started a business manufacturing them.

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