"The kind of tea they use in Ireland," a motto of the Lappin Tea Co, can just be discerned in the faded curved text at upper right. Some contemporary advertisements give the address of this building as 190 Duane St.; other ads, as well as faded signage on the facade itself, say 188. According to Forgotten New York, this was the former home of several tea wholesalers, Lappin included.
Surviving signage at 188 Duane St. (Greenwich-Hudson Sts.), Manhattan