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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Murray Street Fire: 1915

Murray Street Fire: 1915

February 19, 1915: "Murray Street Fire" in Manhattan. Who can help us fill in the details? View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

"CORNERED ON THIRD FLOOR"

Here's the news story from the New York Times Archive ...

"The two policemen ran one block south and saw the fire in a five-story brick building a few doors west at 69 Murray Street. The ground floor was occupied by J.B. Colt Company, manufacturer of lighting fixtures, and the upper floors by the Griffin Manufacturing Company, makers of shoe polish."

[Fascinating. Thanks! - Dave]

 
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