Ghost Signs: Pawlansky Brothers Meat Market

On both sides of the building at 1235 N. Damen Avenue near Wicker Park are ghost signs for the Pawlansky Brothers Meat Market.

Hyman Pawlansky was born October 14, 1881 in Latzkow, Russia. He arrived in the United States in 1898 and became a naturalized citizen in 1904. William Pawlansky was born October 15, 1884 and arrived in the United States in 1905.

By 1910, Hyman and William had a meat market at 1334 N. Dean Street near Milwaukee and Paulina. Within a decade, they had moved to this location (originally built in the 1880s) when Wicker Park and surrounding neighborhoods had a large population of Polish immigrants. They were still in business here when Hyman registered for the draft in 1942 at the age of 60, during a brief period in World War II when the draft age was extended to 65 years old.

Hyman died Oct 4, 1957 and William died on June 9, 1963, but their ghost sign lives on.

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