A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 14, 2004
NYPD & FDNY
After September 11, 2001, clothing with "NYPD" and "FDNY" became popular sellers. Both sets of initials were trademarked only vary recently.

Why do the agencies have these initials? Why not NYPD and NYFD, or FDNY and PDNY? Good question. Certainly, it's easier this way to tell the initials apart.

Actually, the Fire Department had historically used NYFD. Trademark records indicate that FDNY has been used since 1898 (when the NYC boroughs joined as a city). The unofficial website below claims an 1870 date for "FDNY."

http://nyfd.com/history/fdny.html
REPRINTED FROM "WHEELS OF THE BRAVEST"
BY

John A. Calderone
AND
Jack Lerch

1870
The Metropolitan Fire Department continued to be the object of politics. On April 5th, the "Tweed Charter" was passed in Albany. The Tweed Charter abolished all state control over New York City. Among other provisions, it wiped out the Metropolitan Fire District, established a new Board of Fire Commissioners and the Metropolitan Fire Department became the "Fire Department of the City of New York". This act, indirectly, was responsible for the "F.D.N.Y." logo on apparatus instead of "N.Y.F.D.". Most departments place the city or town initials prior to "F.D." but as a direct carry over of the provision to create the "Fire Department of the City of New York", "F.D." was placed before "N.Y." on the apparatus, a tradition which lasts today.

On May 21st, the new Board of Fire Commissioners ordered the removal of "MFD" from all apparatus to be replaced by "F.D.N.Y."

17 January 1855, New York Times, pg. 8:
In another part of the room was a unique design in gas-work, representing the varieties of apparatus employed by the Department, with the letters "N. Y. F. D." above it, also in gas-work.

8 September 1921, New York Times, pg. 11:
...Lieutenant, N.Y.P.D.
10 September 1921, New York Times, pg. 7:
The writer of the postal states that the touring car he saw bore a Fire Department sign, presumably "F. D. N. Y.," on his front and rear plates.

36 December 1939, New York Times, pg. 23:
(Both "N.Y.F.D." and "F.D.N.Y." are used in separate obituaries. "N.Y.P.D." is used in another obituary - ed.)

3 May 1992, New York Times, pg. 54:
(Obituary of Mark Corrigan, Sr., mentions both "FDNY" and "NYPD" - ed.)
...

(NYPD trademark)
Word Mark POLICE NYPD 1845-1995 CITY OF NEW YORK POLICE 3100
Goods and Services IC 024. US 042 050. G & S: cloth flags and cloth banners. FIRST USE: 19950200. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19950200
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 010105 031501 031519 240325 261701 261705
Serial Number 74624171
Filing Date January 23, 1995
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition November 5, 1996
Registration Number 2147995
Registration Date March 31, 1998
Owner (REGISTRANT) New York City Police Foundation, Inc. NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION NEW YORK 345 Park Avenue New York NEW YORK 10154
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Albert Robin
Description of Mark The mark consists of the initials "NYPD" and the years "1845-1995" superimposed on the initials. Above the initials is a drawing of an eight-pointed police badge as used by the New York City Police Department in 1845. Below the initials is a drawing of a current police badge as used by the New York City Police Department. The numeral "3100" is arbitrary and not intended to identify any individual police officer. All of these elements are contained in a stylized police officer's badge on which is perched an eagle with outstretched wings. The lining and stippling shown in the drawing are features of the mark and are not intended to indicate color.
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(NYPD trademark)
Word Mark NYPD
Goods and Services IC 006. US 002 012 013 014 023 025 050. G & S: Metal goods; namely, metal key chains, metal key rings, metal holiday ornaments. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Electric and scientific apparatus; namely, thermometers not for medical use, mouse pads, decorative refrigerator magnets, children's video tapes, children's educational software, video tapes featuring public safety and health information. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 014. US 002 027 028 050. G & S: Jewelry; namely, lapel pins, costume jewelry, cuff links, pendants, tie clips, tie pins. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: Furniture and articles not otherwise classified; namely, plastic key chain tags, cushions, plastic figurines, picture frames. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: Housewares and glasses; namely, mugs, lunch boxes, thermal insulated containers for food or beverages, drinking glasses, commemorative plates, decorative plates and souvenir plates. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing; namely, caps, t-shirts and sweatshirts. FIRST USE: 19931100. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19931100IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: Toys and sporting goods; namely, toy model cars, stuffed toy animals, toy dolls and accessories therefor, articulated toy figurines, toy banks, Christmas tree ornaments. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76342567
Filing Date November 28, 2001
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition February 10, 2004
Owner (APPLICANT) City of New York MUNICIPAL CORPORATION NEW YORK 100 Church Steet New York NEW YORK 10007
Attorney of Record Richard B. Verner
Prior Registrations 2139804;2143609;2147995;2149603;AND OTHERS
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(FDNY trademark)
Word Mark FDNY
Goods and Services IC 006. US 002 012 013 014 023 025 050. G & S: metal key chains, metal key rings, metal holiday ornaments. FIRST USE: 19990200. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990200IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: thermometers not for medical use, mouse pads, decorative refrigerator magnets, children's musical sound and video recordings, compact disc holders; children's educational software, video tapes featuring public safety and health information. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 011. US 013 021 023 031 034. G & S: flashlights and pen lights. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 014. US 002 027 028 050. G & S: lapel pins, costume jewelry, cuff links, pendants, tie clips and tie pins. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: calendars, notepads, pens, pencils, pencil boxes, stickers, bumper stickers, decals, books, magazines and brochures featuring information on fire safety. FIRST USE: 19960000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19960000IC 018. US 001 002 003 022 041. G & S: all-purpose sports bags, umbrellas. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: plastic and foam key chains and key chain tags, cushions, plastic figurines and picture frames. FIRST USE: 19990200. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990200IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: mugs, lunch boxes, thermal insulated containers for food or beverage, drinking glasses, commemorative plates, decorative plates, souvenir plates and coasters. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 024. US 042 050. G & S: blanket throws. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 026. US 037 039 040 042 050. G & S: cloth patches for clothing. FIRST USE: 20001000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20001000IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: toy model cars, toy fire helmets, stuffed toy animals, toy dolls and accessories therefore, articulated toy figurines, toy banks, Christmas tree ornaments, snow globes, toy vehicles, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards. FIRST USE: 19990200. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990200
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 76616821
Filing Date October 19, 2004
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) THE CITY OF NEW YORK MUNICIPAL CORPORATION NEW YORK Fire Department 9 Metrotech Center Brooklyn NEW YORK 11201
Attorney of Record Katherine Winningham
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(FDNY trademark)
Word Mark FDNY
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: clothing, namely, t-shirts, sweat shirts, hats, caps, baseball caps, jackets, shirts, head wear, warm up suits, and wind resistant jackets, pants and shirts. FIRST USE: 18980101. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19960101
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76128785
Filing Date September 12, 2000
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition August 7, 2001
Registration Number 2606740
Registration Date August 13, 2002
Owner (REGISTRANT) NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT GOVERNMENT AGENCY NEW YORK 9 MetroTech Center Brooklyn NEW YORK 11201
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Lai-Sun Yee
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
Posted by Barry Popik
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