Monday 6 February 2012

Posada Nueva del Progreso, Barcelona

In the late 19th or early 20th century, travellers looking for a bit of modernity in the narrow streets of the Barri Gòtic, the medieval heart of Barcelona, could have stopped at the Posada Nueva del Progreso (Progress' New Inn) for some food.

Nowadays all that remains is this rather unusual ghost sign - not because of its design, but because of what is written and how it is spellt.

Nueva del Progreso
Se sirve
y a

Indeed the expression "servir a cubiertos y a raciones" is not very common. Actually it does not even appear on any document available on the net, including old books and articles. What was meant there, I believe, was that one could have either a proper lunch or dinner with food served at a table (thus available with "cubiertos" ie cutlery) or just something over the counter ("a raciones"), which could be eaten there or taken away.
As for the spelling of "ración, -es" with a double 'c' it is very odd to say the least and is certainly a mistake by the sign writer.

Location: Carrer del Cardenal Casañas / Pictures taken in November 2011

1 comment:

helen said...

Wonderful find and such a lovely building and railing too.