National Packing Box Factory Ghost Sign in Brooklyn

National Packing Box Factory Ghost Sign in Brooklyn

This artist studio building is located at 543 Union St. between Nevins and the Gowanus Canal, in the Gowanus/Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn. The chunky ghost signs proclaim “National Packing Box Factory” and “James H. Dykeman.”

Via the excellent Ephemeral New York, we learn that Dykeman “‘was a carpenter by trade who established himself in the box business in 1877,’ according to The Disston Crucible, a Magazine for Millmen.”

National Packing Box Factory Ghost Sign in Brooklyn

National Packing Box Factory Ghost Sign in Brooklyn

National Packing Box Factory Ghost Sign in Brooklyn

The building houses Claireware, Claire Weissberg’s functional pottery studio and showroom. Her work is great, and you can find it in Cincinnati at MiCA 12/v. “Claireware” is also our nickname for our cat, Claire Monet. Unfortunately, the showroom was closed when we stumbled onto it.

National Packing Box Factory Ghost Sign in Brooklyn

About these ads

7 thoughts on “National Packing Box Factory Ghost Sign in Brooklyn

  1. Pingback: LAVENDER LAKE: THE GOWANUS CANAL | | Forgotten New YorkForgotten New York

  2. I will go through the information that I have. I do know that my Great great Grandfather started it them my Great grandfarther after him. I do not think that is the first building they used. Do you know when this one was build and that they left it? GG grandfather was born in 1844 in Canada and died 1913 in New York. Had two daughter. His grandson (James H Dykeman)and took over the company. His mother was a Dykeman. He was 1895 in New York died 1967 in Florida. That just what I know off the top of my head. Let me search thru what I have and send you what I have. Do you know which copy he is in of The Disston Crucible, a Magazine for Millmen.”?
    More to follow

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s