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

Lilliputian Bazaar: 1905

Lilliputian Bazaar: 1905

New York circa 1905. "West 23rd Street." Home to Best & Co's "Lilliputian Bazaar," Bonwit Teller ("Women's Outer Garments"), Waterbury Dental Parlors and Eden Musee. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Dandy

A great hat on the dandy standing just behind the hansom cab and looking back toward the camera. It seems that the photo was taken from astride a carriage, could those be horse's ears just at the bottom. Interesting.

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From Downtown to the 'Burbs to Oblivion

One somewhat fondly remembers the mid-20th Century white "colonial"-style branch stores that Best opened in the near suburbs of cities like New York, Philadelphia, and DC in an attempt to follow their clientele to the wide open spaces. In parallel with the chain's dwindling prospects, these outlets gradually succumbed to other uses or were razed; I believe only about ten were still active when the chain closed in '70. Last time I noticed a surviving one (Glebe and Rte. 50 in Arlington, VA), it had become a video store, but from a distance, it still looked like the real deal. I understand that the brand has since been reactivated but, I suspect, none of the old suburban locations remain.

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