Daily Archives: February 9, 2008

X-ray Billboard – Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn

X-ray Billboard - Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn

X-ray Billboard - Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn

X-ray Billboard - Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn

X-ray Billboard - Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn

X-ray Billboard - Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn
© Frank H. Jump

Vincenzo pointed out this billboard on the way to Manhattan. The third and fifth images are unaltered.

X-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen on November 8, 1895 – “an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.” – Wikipedia

Source image locations:

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2006/12/xrayhallowellAP_468x586.jpg

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41140000/jpg/_41140324_scans203x.jpg

http://vilenski.org/science/humanbody/images/xray2.jpg

Stop Inn Restaurant – Sunset Park Industrial, Brooklyn 2000

Stop Inn Restaurant - Sunset Park Industrial, Brooklyn
© Frank H. Jump

“Pepsi – Taste That Beats The Others Cold!

Better Play Things – Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1998

Play Things - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
© Frank H. Jump

Sidewalk Photography’s Alex Richman on Ex-Lax, Inc.

Ex-Lax Building - Alex Richman
© Alex Richman

I saw you had a category laxatives but didn’t have a picture of the old Ex Lax building on Atlantic Avenue. See attached image and some history below. Feel free to add if you so choose…

Prospect Park South used to be home to Israel Matz, founder of the Ex Lax company. He started the company in 1906 at 423-443 Atlantic Avenue. The product was produced there until the 1970’s. The building has since been converted to condo’s and Israel’s home is being converted into a community garden. see Forgotten Flatbush

When ex-lax began selling the same year the FDA’s predecessor agency, the Bureau of Chemistry, was created. The regimen for evaluating drugs was far different than it is today; medications simply had to meet certain standards for strength and purity. The FDA wasn’t created — and didn’t set stringent testing requirements — until much later. Even when it did, many old, widely used drugs such as Ex-Lax were effectively grandfathered in without testing.

Oddly enough, this image was in the first post I ever put on my blog – Sidewalk Photography

Thanks Alex! Great posting and equally exciting blog!

colorantshistory.org’s Robert Baptista Photographs Ads & Ephemera

Mail Pouch Tobacco - Dover, NJ 1991
Mail Pouch Tobacco – Dover, NJ 1991 © colorantshistory.org/Robert Baptista

Edgerton Photographer - Beaumont, TX 1994
Edgerton Photographer – Beaumont, TX 1994 © colorantshistory.org/Robert Baptista

Intercoastal Mercantile Co. 1918 - Vinton, LA 1996
Intercoastal Mercantile Co. 1918 – Vinton, LA 1996

Russo Auto Wreckers, Elizabeth, NJ 1994
Russo Auto Wreckers- Elizabeth, NJ 1994 © colorantshistory.org/Robert Baptista

Aroy Building 1930 - Pt. Arthur, TX 1999
Aroy Building 1930 – Pt. Arthur, TX 1999 © colorantshistory.org/Robert Baptista

Borne Chemical Co., Elizabeth, NJ 1997
Borne Chemical Co., Elizabeth, NJ 1997 © colorantshistory.org/Robert Baptista

Goodyear Tires - Myersville, NJ 1998
Goodyear Tires – Myersville, NJ 1998 © colorantshistory.org/Robert Baptista

Kolsch Beer - Leverkusen, Germany 1999
Kolsch Beer – Leverkusen, Germany 1999 © colorantshistory.org/Robert Baptista

Hi Frank,

Looking at your vast site reminded me of some photos of ads on buildings I have shot in the past. Attached are some that you are welcome to post at your site.

Best Regards,

Robert Baptista

Outstanding shots Robert! -FHJ

The Borne Chemical Co. depicted in the 1997 photo was located on a 9-acre site at 632 South Front St., Elizabeth, NJ. Chemical operations began at the site around 1917. Borne Chemical used the site for the processing and blending of various types of petroleum, dyes and chemical products. When oil prices skyrocketed in the 1970s, the company began to sell recycled motor oil and auto transmission fluid. But oil prices dropped in the 1980s so the company went bankrupt and abandoned the site. The property is now listed as a Superfund site which the City of Elizabeth hopes to redevelop it after the environmental cleanup.

Robert Baptista 2/9/2008

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