Photos: Roving Rube
03 April 3

Republic Airlines Painting, Upper East Side
Republic Airlines Painting, Upper East Side

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Theme: "Ancient Signs"

North Central Airlines began operations as Wisconsin Central Airlines in 1948. The airline changed its name to North Central Airlines when it relocated its headquarters to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1952. Republic Airlines was the product of a 1979 merger of North Central Airlines and Southern Airways, and the 1980 purchase of Hughes Airwest. In 1986, Republic Airlines was acquired by Northwest Airlines in a merger. (

The Rube had this sign pegged as being from the 50's or 60's, but he was wrong.

Fans (and potential fans) of old signs must visit the website of this subject's premiere photographer, Frank Jump.

Another old sign on NYCJPG: 5/13/02

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