The R.H. Tugs Restaurant and Bar sign had originally been located along the Kill Van Kull waterway on Staten Island. The restaurant closed in April of 2012. We were alerted to the possible availability of the sign by Frank Inzerillo, a signpainter/pinstriper on the island. Inzerillo told us that Frank Torrone and Sons Signs would be taking the sign down, so we called them to ask them to save the sign for us. They were more than glad to do so.
But how to get it here? Last year Tod Swormstedt, founder of the museum, had met Mike Bradley of Radocy Inc., crane manufacturers in Perrysburg, OH, at a sign show. Mike’s job is to deliver cranes to customers across the country and so he offered to deliver a sign to the museum if we ever acquired one far away. As it turned out, he was driving to Staten Island to deliver a crane and offered to pick-up the sign, which he did. It wasn’t until this week that he had a delivery near Cincinnati where he had sufficient room to tie-down the sign for delivery to us.
Thanks to all who made this possible!