The story of a gallery wall & a brooklyn bank

The story of a Gallery Wall

So, if you have read this blog for any length of time, you already know that I love a good story.

A story about a person, how they got to be where they are.  The story of their journey.

Heck, that is what I am trying to do here – share the story of our journey.

But, I must admit, I also love the story behind an item.

Where did it come from?  Who made it?  How did you find it?

Just this weekend I saw this amazing sign in a vendor’s booth.  I asked her what the story was.

She didn’t know.

I lost interest.

She should probably make up a really good one.

The story of a Gallery Wall

So, when it came to pulling together the gallery wall for the corner of our office, well, almost everything has a story.

There is the Printer’s Box Word Art and how is shares words from one of my favorite people.  And the arrow I made from a vintage yardstick after making a very ugly one out of vinyl.  And the easy watercolor art I made with my daughter’s on a quiet Saturday morning.

And the “Do you like milk” flashcard is a gift from a very dear friend, because she knows our story so well.  Does it bother anyone else that there is no question mark?  Isn’t a flashcard suppose to teach proper grammar?

And the “5” I made – because we are a family of 5 when you include our sweet dog Bailey Rose.

The story of a Gallery Wall

But those letters – that spell “BANK” –  do you want to know their story?

It’s a good one.

The story of a Gallery Wall

A while back at an auction, I was previewing a group of box lots.  I could not believe my eyes when I saw those letters in a box filled with many unmemorable items.

I waited and waited for it to come up for bid, so nervous I would miss it.

It came up, lots of bids were thrown out, but in the end – I got it!

So you can only image my delight when I picked up the box and this picture fell out of the back of the letter “B”.

Brooklyn Bank

 And on the back – was the story of the letters B, A, N and K.

And in the hand writing of a kindred spirit I found out they were once on the building in the picture – which was located on 39th St. & 3rd. Ave , Brooklyn, NY.

brookly bank text

A kindred spirit indeed – it almost sounds like she or he make have a been one of the original “treasure hunters” and had them “removed for her”.

Oh how I wish they had put their name on the picture as well.

I think I have done them proud by giving the letters a place of honor in our office.  Maybe it will be a “creativity bank” or an “idea bank”.

As I left the auction house that evening, a young man stopped me to ask if he could buy “just the letters” out of the box lot.

He clearly missed that I was already in love with their story.

Thanks for reading.


P.S. If you are wondering about the framed picture with the orange half circle – it is actually an embossed saxophone and the orange part is the end opening.  It is really cool and vintage – but impossible to photograph well so you will just have to take my word for it.

P.P.S. If you are wondering about the side table, you can find more information here.

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19 thoughts on “The story of a gallery wall & a brooklyn bank”


  1. I love a good story! The vintage oil paintings I hung in our gallery wall in the living room had a name, date etc for the artist on the back and I had a good time imagining all kinds of things about the person’s life and wondering more about them and their story. I must be a teacher (I am) because I immediately wondered why the milk sign doesn’t have a question mark. So weird!! Unless it was a flash card not just for reading but for correcting mistakes?? Interesting to imagine…

  2. The story is everything, and I’m so excited for you to have found those bank letters and the story behind them. Your wall is a history book of sorts! I just love it, along with the colors that make it even more fun!

  3. That is an awesome story about the BANK letters! How great that the person wrote that up and it actually stayed with the letters. I love your wall too! Have a great day! Pamela

  4. What a great story. I’m so impressed that the picture has remained with the letters all these years. I love knowing the background on old items like that, too!

  5. Laura,
    I love “the story” too. I looked on bing and zillow and don’t see the bank building but can see the off white building in the background with the water tower on the roof, it is on 2nd Ave. The building to left in the picture is still there too.

    I hope to be better at documenting photos for others, so the story is not lost.

  6. Laura,
    I found the building,minus the red roof. It is at 3902 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232. I went to google maps and found it. If you move the little “blue guy” to the street and turn him around there it is. You can also move him to the elevated roadway and see view like your photo. I just love to find buildings are still around. It is a “workwear” clothing store. There is graffiti on wall where BANK used to be.

  7. neat! my hubby once bought a little side table because it has handwriting on the bottom of it about who owned it…love the “this moment is your life” sign

  8. Is the love seat covered with a slip cover or is it the original cover? if it is a slipcover, where did you get it (or what brand is it?). I can only find slipcovers in boring colors! Thank you!