Posts Tagged ‘old Brooklyn businesses’

Where Brooklyn residents bought Christmas cards

November 28, 2013

Bought your holiday cards yet? This vintage Brooklyn business card is your reminder.

Sending Christmas greeting cards was apparently enough of a tradition in Brooklyn by the turn of the last century that stationery stores put them at the top of their list of amenities on business cards.

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I wonder what “fringed” cards looked like. Too bad the S.H. Palmer & Company stationery store can’t tell us, because they’ve long closed up shop. The last address at 481 Fulton was a cell phone store.

This card is part of the wonderful Fulton Street Trade Card Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library.

19th century business cards for long-gone shops

August 24, 2010

I wonder what it was like to be a kid living near Frank J. Barker’s Confectionery 100 years ago, about when this card was printed. Just imagine that wonderful fresh baked bread smell and store counters teeming with cakes and pies.

And Charlotte Russes. Old-time New Yorkers still rave about this sweet treat.

327 Fifth Avenue—South Brooklyn until about 30 years ago, Park Slope now—currently houses a wine shop.

Madame Robson’s millinery goods must have been popular. She had two Brooklyn locations.