New sign? Old sign?

Reading Terminal Market Sign

I dropped my car off at the mechanics this morning for it’s yearly inspection and then took the 23 bus back into town from Germantown. It’s an interesting ride, to which an entire post could be devoted, but it’s actually not the point right now. I got off the bus in front of Reading Terminal Market, and stood there staring and blinking for a few seconds at the neon sign on the side of the market.

Has this sign always been afixed to the side of the market? I realize that it has that vintage look, but that’s easy enough to recreate these days. I have absolutely no recollection of seeing it there before, so either I am totally oblivious or somehow the mechanics of getting off the bus made me notice something that I somehow had always missed before when I would approach on foot.

Help me out folks, as this is making me batty.

3 Comments so far

  1. Paul (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

    You know, I’ve never noticed it either- most likely if one where to walk alongside of the Terminal Building, rather than the other side of 12th street, it would go unnoticed above our heads, as we struggle to wend our way through the pedestrian traffic.

    Every time I’m back visiting Philadelphia, I try to ride the 23 all the way from from the top of Chestnut Hill (I often park my car down from the WaWa on a side street). An interesting, if long, ride-and I don’t even ride it past Market! I’m usually one of the few white people, which now surprises me, having spent so many years in lily-white Portland, where by default, most transit riders (depending on the route/neighborhood, of course) are white.

    So, bring on your take on the #23/Germantown Ave!

  2. Tamara (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    The sign was restored and reinstalled last fall, with a ceremony on Nov 9th. See here for a photo of the sign being reinstalled.

  3. jen (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    i’ve taken the 23 many times, a few all the way from the beginning (top of nutty hill) down to synder in south philadelphia. it’s one heck of a long ride, and the cobblestones make it all the more interesting. i do not recommended it for anyone with back problems, though. those seats are killer.

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