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Caswell Massey & Co.

Caswell Massey & Co.

New York circa 1910. Fifth Avenue at 25th Street looking north. From a collection of found nitrate negatives. The corner signpost shows Fifth Avenue and 25th street if you zoom in. The store on the left is Caswell Massey and Co., which had a 202 Fifth Avenue branch. I'm guessing the date because many of the photos in the collection are views of the Metropolitan Life tower and vicinity - 23rd Sreet Madison Square. The tower was the tallest building in the world from 1909 to 1913 and might have attracted the attention of a photographer when it was new. The dress and vehicles in the photo put it before 1920, I think. View full size.

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