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The cathedral of commerce : the highest building in the world / [Edwin A. Cochran]

Author:
Cochran, Edwin A  Search this
Cadman, S. Parkes (Samuel Parkes) 1864-1936  Search this
Broadway Park Place Company  Search this
Photographer:
Maugans, J. C.  Search this
Carter, E. K.  Search this
Illustrator:
Underhill, Irving -1960  Search this
Book designer:
Thomsen-Ellis Company  Search this
Subject:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
30, [2] pages : illustrations (some colored) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1918
1918, ©1917
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Call number:
NA6233.N5 W917 1918
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1041310

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and ten cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : half-stereo interpositive]

Topic:
NEW YORK CITY TOUR
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (3-1/4 x 3-1/4".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 27860
General:
Similar to RSN 10577-10581, 24592, 27857. 27858 and 27859.
Currently stored in box 3.2.58 [91], moved from [16].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Interpositives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref25617

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and ten cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : interpositive]

Topic:
NEW YORK CITY TOUR
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (4" x 5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 27857
General:
Similar to RSN 10577-10581, 24592, 27858. 27859 and 27860.
Currently stored in box 3.2.58 [91].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Architecture -- 1900-1910 -- New York  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Skyscrapers  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1900-1910 -- Interpositives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref25614

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and ten cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : non-stereo interpositive]

Topic:
NEW YORK CITY TOUR
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (4" x 5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 27858
General:
Similar to RSN 10577-10581, 24592, 27857. 27859 and 27860.
Currently stored in box 3.2.58 [91].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Interpositives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref25615

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and ten cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : non-stereo interpositive]

Topic:
NEW YORK CITY TOUR
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (4" x 5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 27859
General:
Similar to RSN 10577-10581, 24592, 27857. 27858 and 27860
Currently stored in box 3.2.58 [91]
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Interpositives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref25616

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and ten cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : stereo interpositive]

Topic:
NEW YORK CITY TOUR
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (5" x 8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Stereoscopic photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 24592
General:
Similar to RSN 10577-10581 and 27857-27860.
Currently stored in box 3.2.39 [173].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Interpositives -- Glass
Stereoscopic photographs
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref22356

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and tent cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : half-stereo photonegative]

Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (3-1/2" x 3-3/4".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Local Numbers:
RSN 15078
General:
Company catalog card included.
Similar to RSN 15077, 15079, 15080, 15081, 24592 and 27857-27860.
Currently stored in box 3.1.41 [16].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref11614

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and tent cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : non-stereo photonegative]

Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (4" x 5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 15079
General:
Company catalog card included.
Similar to RSN 15077, 15078, 15080, 15081, 24592 and 27857-27860; "Used by Touriscope" on envelope.
Currently stored in box 3.1.41 [16]
37 (orig. no.)
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref11615

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and tent cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : non-stereo photonegative]

Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (4" x 5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 15080
General:
Company catalog card included.
Similar to RSN 15077, 15078, 15079, 15081, 24592 and 27857-27860.
Currently stored in box 3.1.41 [16].
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref11616

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and tent cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : non-stereo photonegative]

Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (4" x 5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
[1913 or later]
Local Numbers:
RSN 15081
General:
Company catalog card included.
Similar to RSN 15077, 15078, 15079, 15080, 24592 and 27857-27860.
Currently stored in box 3.1.41 [16].
221305 (company acc. no.)
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref11617

Woolworth Building, tallest in the world, product of five and tent cent pieces. [Active no. 11403 : stereo photonegative]

Topic:
NEW YORK CITY TOUR
Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (pieces, 5" x 8".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Stereoscopic photographs
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Local Numbers:
RSN 15077
General:
Company catalog card included.
Similar to RSN 15078, 15079, 15080, 15081, 24592 and 27857-27860.
Currently stored in box 3.1.41 [16].
Copy and Version Identification Note:
221504 (company acc. no.)
Collection Restrictions:
Researchers should view the positive videodisc image first or locate the image in SIRIS on the World Wide Web. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center.

A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment.,Contact David Haberstich, 633-3721.

Digital image files linked to item-level records in SIRIS Webpac.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Gothic revival (Architecture)  Search this
Buildings -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Architecture -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Skyscrapers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1910-1920 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
Stereoscopic photographs
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref11613

The cathedral of commerce : the highest building in the world / [by Edwin A. Cochran]

Author:
Cochran, Edwin A  Search this
Subject:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
[32] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
Date:
1925
1925, c1920
Topic:
Skyscrapers  Search this
Call number:
NA6233.N5 W917 1925
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_380807

The master builders; a record of the construction of the world's highest commercial structure

Subject:
Woolworth, Frank Winfield 1852-1919  Search this
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
73 p. ill. (some col.) 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1913
Topic:
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA735.N5 M42
NA735.N5M42
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48105

The skyscraper and the city : the Woolworth Building and the making of modern New York / Gail Fenske

Author:
Fenske, Gail  Search this
Subject:
Gilbert, Cass 1859-1934  Search this
Woolworth, Frank Winfield 1852-1919  Search this
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 400 p., 12 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2008
20th century
Topic:
Architecture, Gothic--Influence  Search this
Architecture and society--History  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_928854

Cass Gilbert Collection

Creator:
Valentine, P. O. (33 Homestead, Park, Newark)  Search this
Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934  Search this
Belden & Company (45 Clinton Street, Newark, N.J.)  Search this
Source:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Former owner:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Names:
New York Life Insurance Building.  Search this
Seaside Sanatorium (Waterford, Conn)  Search this
Supreme Court Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
15 Cubic feet (73 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Business records
Clippings
Contracts
Personal papers
Photographs
Pastels (visual works)
Pencil works
Pamphlets
Booklets
Specifications
Correspondence
Statistics
Sketchbooks
Date:
1897-1963
bulk 1897-1936
Scope and Contents:
The contents of the collection date from 1897 to 1936. The bulk of the collection consists of loose-leaf binders of photo prints of forty-one Cass Gilbert buildings under construction between 1908 and 1936. (This represents less than half of his firm's total output.) The volumes are arranged alphabetically by name of building. A few additional photo prints of buildings under construction are found in the unbound materials.

The collection also includes correspondence (1919-1932), contracts, statistical data, news clippings, booklets, and other miscellaneous Gilbert papers. There are three volumes of correspondence, specifications and blueprints, 1932-1935, for the construction of the U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. Also included are twenty pencil and pastel sketch books of Gilbert's travels in Europe, 1897 to 1932, and miscellaneous loose sketches (including photo prints and negatives of his studies for the George Washington Bridge. The photographic prints are mostly mounted on cloth in loose-leaf binders. Some of the photographers are identified, although many are not. Photographers included P.O. Valentine of 33 Homestead Park, Newark, New Jersey.
Arrangement:
Collection arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1919-1932

Series 2: Personal Papers, 1914-1963

Series 3: New York Life Insurance Building Contracts, 1934-1935

Series 4: Woolworth Building, 1911-1913

Series 5: Sketches and Sketch Books, 1897-1932

Series 6: Photoprints, 1908-1936

Series 7: United States Supreme Court Building, 1932-1935
Biographical / Historical:
Cass Gilbert, 1859-1934, was a prominent American architect best known for his commercial and public buildings. Gilbert was born in Zanesville, Ohio and educated in St. Paul, Minnesota. After only a year of study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequent travels in Europe, he began working for the New York firm of McKim, Mead, and White in 1880. In 1883 he returned to St. Paul where he practised briefly with James Knox Taylor, a classmate at M.I.T., designing private homes, churches, and commercial buildings. His first major commission was the Minnesota State Capitol (1895), which he modeled after the National Capitol and the dome of St. Peter's, Rome. Gilbert returned to New York in 1899 when he won the prized commission for the design of the U.S. Customs House. This was followed by many other major projects. The most famous of these was the Woolworth Building in New York (1913); with its fifty‑five stories and Gothic ornament it is considered Gilbert's greatest achievement. Firmly supportive of the European tradition and eastern academic architecture, Gilbert continued his numerous and successful designs until his death in 1934. Among his many familiar public buildings are the Treasury Annex and the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, the state capitol buildings of West Virginia and Arkansas, and the public libraries of St. Louis and Detroit.
Related Materials:
Materials at Other Organizations

Library of Congress

Cass Gilbert Archive, 1890-1939

Montana Historical Society

Cass Gilbert Papers, 1902-1910

Oberlin College Archives

Cass Gilbert Collection, 1903-1984, 2000

University of Minnesota, Archives and Special Collections

Cass Gilbert Collection, 1909-1910

United States Supreme Court, Office of the Curator
Provenance:
Gift of Emily Gilbert and Cass Gilbert, Jr. through Mr. Silvio Bedini, November 30, 1961, January 15, 1962, and later in 1962.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Engineering -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.  Search this
Bridges -- 1890-1940  Search this
Civil engineering -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.  Search this
Civil engineers  Search this
Commercial buildings -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.  Search this
Architects -- 1890-1940  Search this
Architecture -- 1890-1940 -- United States  Search this
Public architecture -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings -- 1890-1940
Business records -- 1880-1950
Clippings -- 1900-1950
Contracts -- 1890-1940
Personal papers -- 1890-1940
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1900-1950
Pastels (visual works)
Pencil works
Pamphlets
Booklets
Specifications
Correspondence -- 1900-1950
Statistics
Sketchbooks -- 1890-1940
Citation:
Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0214
See more items in:
Cass Gilbert Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0214
Additional Online Media:

Jan Wolff Collection of New York City Photographic Postcards

Photographer:
Rotary Photo  Search this
Frange, William  Search this
Fairchild Aerial Surveys  Search this
Brown Bros.  Search this
Donor:
Wolff, Jan  Search this
Publisher:
Jonas (L.) & Co., Inc. (Woolworth Bldg., New York City)  Search this
Names:
Woolworth Building (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
0.33 Cubic feet (1 box, 53 items)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Postcards
Photographs
Picture postcards
Photographic postcards
Date:
circa 1927-1930
Summary:
Photographic postcards collected by Dr. Rudolf Wolff, a pediatrician from Krefeld, Germany during a trip to the United States in the early 1930's and brought back to America when the family immigrated in 1936.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of fifty three photographic postcards of New York City buildings and landmarks, including aerial views. The postcards were collected by Dr. Rudolf Wolff, a pediatrician from Krefeld, Germany during a trip to the United States in the early 1930s and brought back to America when the family immigrated in 1936. The cards are arranged into four series by the company that published or printed the materials.

System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Cards published by the Franco-American Novelty Company, New York, consists of three items. The Franco-American Novelty Company was established in 1910 at 1209 Broadway in New York City. The cards published under this company's name have the same set numbering convention as series 4 and one is marked "Printed in England", suggesting they were printed by Rotary Photo. Series 2, Cards published by William Frange, New York, consists of two cards. William Frange was a New York photographer who sold photographs to other publishers and published cards himself. His slogan, printed on the cards, was "Real Photographs, New York's Best Views". The cards in this group were printed in England.

Series 3, Cards printed in Germany published by L. Jonas & Company, Woolworth Building, New York, includes sixteen cards. The L. Jonas Company ran the observatory at the Woolworth Building. Most of the postcards in this series were published by them. No German printer is named but the cards in this set have a numbering convention differing from those printed in England.

Among these materials are eight cards copyrighted by photographer Irving Underhill (1872 -1960) whose studio was located at 17 Park Place in New York City. He became a leading contributor of images for many different postcard publishers. Underhill opened his studio in 1896, specializing in "artistic portraits, city views and panoramas, group photographs, marine, legal and machinery photography." He was so successful that his agency received exclusive commissions to photograph and promote new buildings like the Woolworth Building, which he would capture in timed intervals to track the construction process. One postcard has a copyright date of 1927 on the image, helping to establish the dates of this collection.

Photographs on three other cards in this set are copyrighted by photographer William Frange. Other cards include a photograph from the New York Central Railroad and a theater photograph from the Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation.

Series 4, Cards printed in England by Rotary Photo and published by L. Jonas & Company, Woolworth Building, New York, consists of thirty two cards. These materials were printed by Rotary Photo in England. Rotary Photographic Company, founded in 1899, was located at 23 Moorefields, London, England. It produced a wide variety of greetings and postcards as real photographs. These cards were manufactured in Great Britain and issued under many trade names. They also made photograph cards for other publishers as shown by the example above. In 1921 they became one of seven companies that joined together to form Amalgamated Photograph Manufacturing Ltd., and they are now part of Illford.

This series includes four photographs credited to Brown Brothers. Large publishers became desperate for photographs trying to meet the ever increasing demands of the postcard-collecting public. This generated a new type of business that would warehouse negatives and sell them on request. Brown Brothers was the first such company, founded in 1904 with a staff of twelve photographers. At first they targeted large newspapers, which at this time often did not have their own photographers. They went on to supply postcard publishers with images as well. They were a forerunner to the stock photography industry. There are also four photos taken from an "aeroplane" credited to Fairchild Aerial Surveys.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1: Cards published by the Franco-American Novelty Company, New York Series 2: Cards published by William Frange, New York

Series 3: Cards printed in Germany published by L. Jonas & Company

Series 4: Cards printed in England by Rotary Photo and published by L. Jonas & Company
Biographical / Historical:
The first known photographic postcard made its appearance in 1899, but this type of card did not gain popularity until George Eastman marketed Velox developing out paper in 1902, which was a heavy stock that resisted curling and could be preprinted with a postcard back.

Most of the postcards during the early 1900s were printed in Europe, primarily in Germany, where the printing technology was considered the best. Imports dropped after the start of World War One, and from 1915 more printing was concentrated in England and the United States. White border cards were developed at this time, and they were popular until 1930.

The printing of the photographer's or manufacturer's name on the back of real photos was an expensive proposition. This practice was only cost effective on cards printed in large numbers.

A postcard may have a number of different names printed on it. The most common name is that of the publisher who commissions the postcard and supplies the image. The next name is that of the printer who manufactures the card. The photographer who supplied the initial image may have his name on the card, often next to the picture.

One of the largest categories of postcards was those produced for tourist consumption, and they mostly consisted of views. This collection of New York landmarks falls into that category.

Sources

History of the Real Photo Postcard http://www.metropostcard.com/card07realphoto.html

Rotary Photographic Company 1899-1921 http://www.metropostcard.com/publishersr1.html

Irving Underhill http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/2009/08/picture-perfect-irving-underhill-and.html

Brown Brothers, New York, New York http://www.metropostcard.com/publishersb2.html

NYPL Fairchild Aerial Surveys Collection http://iarchives.nysed.gov/PubImageWeb/listCollections.jsp?id=67854

The Fairchild Story http://web.whittier.edu/fairchild/home.html
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Jan Wolff, son of Dr. Rudolf Wolff.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Genre/Form:
Postcards -- 1920-1930
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1920-1930
Picture postcards -- 1920-1930
Photographic postcards
Citation:
Jan Wolff Collection of New York City Photographic Postcards, ca. 1928-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1165
See more items in:
Jan Wolff Collection of New York City Photographic Postcards
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1165

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