Ghost Signs of NYC: Omega Oil

287 West 147th Street. Frank Mastropolo

Omega Oil was a liniment that promised to cure everything from weak backs and lumbago to sunburn and sweaty feet. The company moved to New York from Boston at the beginning of the twentieth century and spent decades advertising its dubious curative properties in newspapers and on walls across the country.

A 1901 Brooklyn Daily Eagle ad decribed the wide range of ailments the oil would “ cure”:

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Frank Mastropolo

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