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American Ice: 1906

American Ice: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Union League Club, Brooklyn." Our title comes from the delivery wagon on the right. Also note the Ford dealership with the illuminated AUTOMOBILES sign on the roof. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

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Could it be?

My great grandfather was on the board of this club in Brooklyn; they presented the family with a rather elaborate testimony in a leather-bound, gold leafed tome with illuminated calligraphy upon his death; could that be him in the window? The timing is right.

This building was a lot more fun

when it had all the cool stuff happening on the roof.

From Bicycles To Automobiles

A very detailed description of the buildings and members is at (building description pages 863-4 and members 865-888):

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951p01018522v;view=1up;seq=...

Grant Square became somewhat of an automobile dealers “colony” as described in the upper left of the below page 211 of Automobile Topics for April 29, 1905:

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433089968139;view=1up;seq=2...

The Union League Automobile Company was the name of the dealership adjacent to the Union League Club, occupying the former Kings County Wheelmen’s Club. Their story and the transformation from bicycles to automobiles is below:

http://www.brownstoner.com/history/past-and-present-the-great-kings-coun...

Faces in stone

Wonder who those guys are immortalized in sculpture over the arches?

Guy on the left looks like Andrew Carnegie, on the right maybe U.S. Grant.

[Abraham Lincoln left, U.S. Grant right. More here. -tterrace]

"Let me check with my manager about that undercoating."

Here's what would have been sitting on the Ford dealership showroom floor next door -- Henry Ford's 1906 Model N. Luxurious touring indeed.

A survivor, but not the Ford dealer.

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