SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:


Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

La Primadora: 1920

La Primadora: 1920

La Primadora cigar shop at 1153 Broadway in New York circa 1920. The owner, civic leader and entrepreneur Max Schwarz, died in 1940. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Alternate view here.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Bogardus & Bendann Bros. Gallery

1153 Broadway was the location of the photography studio of Abraham Bogardus and Daniel and David Bendann 1872-1873.


It looks as though there's some sort of pipe sticking up above the level of the sidewalk. There seems to be a sort of sheet metal guard around the pipe. What's really surprising to me though is that this appears to be a plank or wooden sidewalk. Some of the "boards" appear to be full length, which you wouldn't expect with brick of course, and some "planks" appear to have definite cuts about half the width of the sidewalk. It's possible that the sidewalk was under repair and that the planks were laid down to reduce disruption to the neighbourhood businesses.

[Click here for a closeup. - Dave]

Unique Sign

I don't think I've ever seen a storefront sign quite like that - it looks like the lettering is hung from a screen that allows the upper floor windows to remain functional. Was this a common thing back then?


What's going on with the sidewalk in the foreground? It looks like some bricks have come up.


There are so many details in this shot, I could enjoy it for hours. I try to photograph city scenes and store fronts for what they are, but color is distracting. The glow from the camera and its film-make are unique and I feel cannot be replicated in any digital format. My pictures show signs, ads and other staples of the era: , but an art of the period and time travel is what I enjoy from this photograph.

[A good observation, although I might note that this photo was not taken using film. The Bain photos were almost all recorded on glass plates, as were most photographs of the era. - Dave]

Magnificent Signage!

You're killing me with all these great storefront photos. I'm a sucker for all these hand painted signs. Another fast fading artform, I'm afraid. Reverse lettering on glass, gold leafing, carved dimensional lettering, You've got a whole smorgasbord of sign making techniques on display here.

Primadora Cigar Store

1153 Broadway, listed as a real estate transfer to Max Schwarz in the March 29, 1916 New York Times.

[A big Shorpy thank-you! Will add that to the caption. - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.