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October 14, 2015

Chinese Restaurant Sign

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

An ornate sign with three black Chinese characters in relief surrounded by carved gilded designs of birds, flowers, etc. on a gilded ground. The characters translate as “YUEN FAUNG LO” or “The Cafe of Many Different Vistas”. The sign was carved in Canton, China, and hung in John’s Place, one of the first Chinese restaurants in Minneapolis. Circa 1914.

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