Furs and waists in the garment district

It’s hard to read, but the lowest part of this cool old ad in the West 20s—for Schwartz & Schwartz coats and waists (an old-fashioned term for a woman’s blouse)—deserves a close look.

I couldn’t find anything about the Schwartz Brothers, but I did learn that Mr. Greenblatt, the furrier, was a Polish immigrant who manufactured his furs at 305 Seventh Avenue. He died in 1938. 

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4 Responses to “Furs and waists in the garment district”

  1. dw Says:

    Anyway to contribute to this collection? I lived in NYC and used to photograph these types of things myself.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Sure, thanks for asking. I’d love to post any photos you have, and I’m sure readers will be excited to see them. You can contact me off the board at ephemeralnewyork – at – gmail – dot – com.

  3. Juliet Bittencourt Says:

    I am guessing this is the same Schwartz family:
    https://books.google.com/books?id=qOcCAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA40&lpg=PA40&dq=schwartz+brothers+coats&source=bl&ots=Dys3bsL-IH&sig=Gj7_vGB9jXjP5ElQ687lWdAoA1w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj57MCinYXWAhWKdSYKHZl0D5cQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=schwartz%20brothers%20coats&f=false

  4. Juliet Bittencourt Says:

    Lot of info about every business on this sign:
    https://www.14to42.net/26street3.1.html

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