Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Circa 1938
Below is a glimpse of street-level advertising on Doyers dating back to 1938. Pictured in this antiquated Chinatown scene is a bundled-up man holding a posterboard just outside the iconic Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Also visible is the classy, old-school neon signage.
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The Getty-owned image was unearthed by the current owner of Nom Wah, Wilson Tang, and published on the restaurant’s Facebook page. We reached out for more information, and learned that the Chinese-penned board was likely an advertisement for a nearby opera performance. Tang wrote:
Back in the day, advertising or news was done on large posterboards like the one the guy is holding in the picture. This image is from Getty Images and it states that it was news about the war. But my uncle (who reads chinese, I dont) tells me that its the name of movie/opera with the names of the actor/actress.