As you might know, I have a special place in my heart for ghost signage: remnants of earlier tenants' signs that have been covered over, only to reappear sometimes decades later. Many thanks to reader Jay for sending over this photo of ancient signage recently revealed at the southeast corner of Fifth and Bergen.
Trade Winds Furniture closed down a little less than a year ago on that corner, and a new Scottish bar named Duke of Montrose is currently under construction in the space. They've already built a new facade (unfortunately doing away with the angled entryway that most likely preceeded Trade Winds), and recently removed their old signs, which had been whitewashed.
Underneath, at least on the Bergen Street side, is a sign for an old tenant, which in my guess was a poultry market. "--ARTERS FOR HOLIDAY POULTRY" (most likely"quarters", or chickens split into four pieces) is still clearly legible, as is "aime" up above, but the word after that is tougher to make out (unless "mebeeragqqt" is a word).
I've done some digging but have been unable to find any photos of this corner from a time when this sign would have been up. If anyone has any additional details on this former tenant, let me know!