Fulton Street shopping at the turn of the century

Downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Street isn’t exactly the borough’s most sophisticated shopping strip these days.

But at the turn of the 20th century, it was a hub for major department stores and fine specialty shops—such as these found on a couple of old business cards.

A quick search through the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives shows that the A.C. Flatley people placed lots of ads in that paper in the 1880s and 1890s.

There’s a Hoyt and Teale Clothiers in Brooklyn as early as the 1870s. Their shop was at 607 Fulton Street—a few doors down from the Teale & Co. store at 611 Fulton.


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