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Sign, Subway, New York City, Brooklyn, Borough Hall, Porcelain Enamel, Vintage, c. 1930s

Baltimore Enamel & Novelty Co.
Borough Hall Brooklyn Subway Sign
Baltimore, Maryland: c. 1930s
White enamel with black letters on iron
12 x 12 inches
Price on Request

Rare subway sign for Brooklyn’s Borough Hall station, part of the New York City subway system and the first underground subway station in Brooklyn. Located at the border of Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights near Brooklyn Borough Hall, the station opened in 1908 on the IRT line, the city’s first subway line as part of an extension of the IRT line from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Borough Hall is Brooklyn’s oldest public building, dating to 1851, when it served as Brooklyn City Hall; it also contained a courtroom and other civic offices. The building was renamed Brooklyn Borough Hall in 1898 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The name is sometimes abbreviated as Boro Hall on signs.

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The Baltimore Enamel & Novelty Co. was a porcelain enamel manufacturer based in Baltimore, Maryland, with offices in New York and Boston, and for a time it was the largest manufacturing company of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1898, it produced outdoor signs advertised as durable, non-fading, and easy to clean. They had lucrative contracts to produce automobile license plates for many US states and made signs for the New York City subway system. The company also produced smaller items, such as advertising trays for breweries. The firm closed in 1943, in part due to the metal shortage in the midst of World War II.

Stamped lower right: Balto. Enamel 200 Fifth Ave. NY CS-7.

Condition: Generally very good for a utilitarian subway sign with the usual overall wear, handling, abrasions, discolorations — somewhat greater on the blank backside.  Light wear, rust and chipping at the six original mounting holes (3 on top and 3 on the bottom). 


Baltimore Enamel & Novelty Co. Breweriana Aficionado. 2022. (4 January 2023).

“Brooklyn Borough Hall.” NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. (4 January 2023).

“Borough Hall/ Court Street station.” Wikipedia. 16 December 2022. (4 January 2023).

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20th Century