The Hard to Find Secondhand Bookshop on Onehunga Mall is one of the places I try not to go near too much -- because invariably, I come away with more books I have no room for, and my bank account just that much lighter. Doesn't help that there's a direct bus link from Avondale to Onehunga and -- oh woe! -- a rail link is opening up there now, too.
Ah, well ...
To the business owners' great credit, they have preserved the original sign for the Gordon Sai Louie & Co fruit shop. The Sai Louie family, cousins to the Auckland Ah Chee clan, opened up the fruiterers in the 1940s, and operated there until the business was sold in 1988. According to the late Norine Borchard, in her wonderful book Untold Stories of Onehunga:
"The shop in Queen Street [now Onehunga Mall], Onehunga, still retains the name of Sai Louie, at the request of the new owners. Mr Sai Louie was a great social worker among his own people, he imported foodstuffs for the convenience of his countrymen ... Mrs Sai Louie died in 1939, and Mr. Sai Louie died in 1946."
So Onehunga has a splendid, and rare, example of old advertising being retained above a new business.