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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Liliputian Bazaar: 1908

Liliputian Bazaar: 1908

New York circa 1908. "West 23rd Street from Sixth Avenue." Two landmark skyscrapers on view -- the Flatiron Building at right and Metropolitan Life tower going up at left. At No. 62: The Best & Co. "Liliputian Bazaar." View full size.

 

Best & Co.

The first incarnation of Best & Co., was founded in 1879, in New York City by Albert Best, as the Liliputian Bazaar. It initially focused on babies and children outfitting, but later expanded to women's clothing and accessories. It was known for its "tastefully styled and proper women's clothes and its sturdy children's wear." It operated from 1879 to 1971.

Just down the block from me

+98

Below is the same view from April of 2006.

Who needs Madame Tussauds,

Who needs Madame Tussauds, we have the Eden Musee!!!

Edith Wharton

One of those two buildings close to the intersection of 23rd, just before the Flatiron, #14 West 23rd Street, is the childhood home of Edith Wharton. It's got a Starbucks on the ground floor now. She would have been 48 when this picture was taken -- long gone, I guess.

Best & Co.

was founded in 1879 by Albert Best as the Liliputian Bazaar, with clothing for babies and children. Inventory was later expanded to include women’s clothing and accessories. The original store was located on 23rd Street at 6th Avenue. By 1966 there were 20 branch stores in the eastern United States. It went out of business in 1971.

Tilt-turn windows

Those are pretty cool.
Gives those buildings are real cutting edge modern design not to be seen for 30 more years.

Up those stairs with you women!

Who said chivarly was prevalent way back when? Excuse me, ladies restaurant upstairs??

The Name Says It All

The Liliputian Bazaar sells children's and baby clothes.

World of Wax

The Eden Musee on the left side was a famous wax museum.

http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2010/12/lost-eden-musee-wonders-of...

 
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