Vintage cards for defunct Manhattan businesses

Not only is Ackerly & Sandiford gone (mmm, smelts!) but so is the Fulton Fish Market, relocated to Hunts Point in the Bronx after opening on South Street in 1822.

The logo looks turn of the century, but the five-digit phone number means the card can’t date back any earlier than 1930, according to this historic phone exchange website.

Furniture dealer P. Bechstein’s business could predate telephones, as there is no number on the card.

Bowery and East Fifth Street is a little north of today’s restaurant equipment district. But this could be one of the first Bowery businesses to sell chairs, tables, and other items to the restaurant trade.

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6 Responses to “Vintage cards for defunct Manhattan businesses”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Bechstein’s business card quite possibly predates the telephone– Thonet bentwood chairs first became renown in the late 1850’s, my understanding is that the telephone gained widespread use in the late 1970’s (?).

    If you dig ephemera in general, check out Letterheady, a website dedicated to antique & vintage letterheads:

    http://www.letterheady.com/

  2. Lisa Says:

    Oops- I meant “1870’s”, obviously.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    That’s a very cool site, thanks for sending it over!
    I’m going to look up those chairs right now….

  4. Paulie D Says:

    Yall might like what i dug up. This is Peggy Hoyts family card. XD

  5. Steve Freidus Says:

    I am looking for vintage (1930 and earlier) letterheads and bill heads of Manhattan based companies and organizations. Good copies are fine. If you have any, please call (212-580-4085) or email me.

    Thanks, Steve

  6. รองเท้ามอเตอร์ไซค์ Says:

    I am looking for vintage (1930 and earlier) letterheads and bill heads of Manhattan based companies and organizations. Good copies are fine. If you have any, please call (212-580-4085) or email me.

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