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Brooklyn Bridge: 1909

Brooklyn Bridge: 1909

"Brooklyn Bridge and East River. April 1909." At left, the Manhattan Bridge under construction in this view looking east into Brooklyn with Manhattan Terminal at lower left. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Fletcher's Castoria ...You see only 5?

I count 10. There are quite a few partially obscured by buildings, but if you look for the white, scripted "Fletcher's" text, you can find them.

Straight out of "The Music Man"!

Why it's the Uneeda biscuit made the trouble, Uneeda
Uneeda, put the crackers in a package, in a
package, the Uneeda biscuit in an airtight
sanitary package, made the cracker barrel
obsolete, obsolete Obsolete! Obsolete!

I love it.

The story of how the Brooklyn Bridge was built is fascinating.

Out Damn Spot!

And just above the Piper Heidsieck Chewing Tobacco sign is one for the Careful Carpet Cleaning Co. The proper placement of advertising is a science.

I count... least five.

Wonder how the "Hides and Skins" company would fare these days?

More nastiness

Piper Heidsieck Chewing Tobacco.

Probably not authorized (to say the least) by the French champagne house of the same name.

[Actually it was. This was an American Tobacco Company brand flavored with Piper Heidsieck champagne. - Dave]


I think that it is interesting that the placement of the rooftop billboards corresponds to the sight lines from the Brooklyn Bridge approaches.


Ringling Brothers, but no Barnum or Bailey!

Fletcher's Castoria

How many signs for that nasty stuff can you see in this picture?

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