Posts Tagged ‘Jefferson Street Brooklyn’

What remains of some defunct city businesses

June 13, 2011

For these three companies, the only remnants are paper receipts dating to the turn of the last century, all found amazingly preserved in a Clinton Hill brownstone.

They don’t tell us much, but they provide a clue or two as to what daily life was like and what services were available.

Like that if you needed an ambulance, you had this horse-drawn carriage service to rely on to get you to the hospital.

I have no idea what anyone would need pure oxygen gas and calcium lights for, but this DUMBO supplier says they’re “for all occasions.”

Imagine the uproar if a gun store tried to open on Broadway and Duane Street today? But in 1897, this one sold “every variety.”