Posts Tagged ‘old business cards’

Vintage cards for defunct Manhattan businesses

November 15, 2011

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.

A beach scene on an old Brooklyn business card

July 4, 2011

Could those be the grand old seaside hotels of late  19th century Brighton Beach, Coney Island, or Bath Beach in this vintage business card?

It’s part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Fulton Street Trade Card Collection, a fascinating digital archive of Brooklyn business ephemera and proof that the advertising biz more than 100 years ago was just as cloying as it is today.

Almost-forgotten Manhattan phone exchanges

January 5, 2010

Tucked among the battered old store signs in Chinatown are a few faded but still readable gems like this one. It sports the old-school phone exchange WO—for nearby Worth Street:

An Ephemeral reader sent in this 1980s business card, featuring the old BR exchange for Bryant Park:

Modern Leather Goods has been in business since 1939, but a quick look at their website shows that they have a new phone number.

Stopping in for dinner at the Black Eagle

February 1, 2009

Something tells me you could get a hearty meal at the Black Eagle Restaurant, courtesy of a proprietor with the great name of Gus Koblitz. 

The address on this yellowed, crinkled business card would have put the Black Eagle on the edge of Yorkville, the once heavily German part of the Upper East Side.


The telephone exchange in the upper left corner looks mighty old. It must predate the two-letter, five-digit formula that lasted into the 1960s.