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Guide to the Thomas Holman Collection of
Flatiron Building Photographs and Ephemera
circa 1902-2004 (bulk, 1903-1909)
 PR 372

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Book | Nancy Groce, New York: Songs of the City

Scope and Contents

Reproduces several sheet music covers depicting the Flatiron Building.

1999
Oversize: FF Calendar | Flatiron Building 1997 Calendar
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Dining menus (2)

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• Flat Iron Restaurant [in Flatiron Building], Five Hundred Members Night Banquet, National Lodge No. 209, F. & A.M., Friday, April 27th, 1906

• Flatiron Diner & Baking Company [18 West 18th Street], Preview Menu, December 1996

1906, 1996
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Exhibition catalog | The Prowed Tower: Early Images of the Flatiron Building

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Catalog for the exhibit "The Prowed Tower: Early Images of the Flatiron Building," curated by Bruce Weber at the Berry-Hill Galleries, 11 East 70th Street, Manhattan. The exhibit ran from November 14 through December 28, 1991.

1991
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Greeting cards (4)

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Four greeting cards (two inscribed to Thomas Holman) depicting the Flatiron Building.

1995-1999
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Map | Flatiron District Visitors' Guide (2)
[1990s]
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Periodical | Fame: A Journal for Advertisers (vol. 36, no. 5)

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Flatiron Building on cover.

1927 October
Box: 1 Folder : 6-9 Periodical | Flatiron News (4 folders)

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Five issues of the Flatiron News: vol. 1, nos. 1-3, and vol. 2, no. 5. The Flatiron Building appears on some covers, and as the letter "I" in the magazine's title.

1995-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Periodical | Where New York

Scope and Contents

Flatiron Building on cover.

1995 April
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Photographic negatives [GLASS] | Broadway, north to East 19th Street
1913 November 2
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Photographic negatives [GLASS] | Broadway, north to East 23rd Street (at Flatiron Building)

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Includes a print made from the glass plate.

1913 November 23
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Photographs | Flatiron Building site (1)

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Modern, mounted 8 x 10-inch print of a historic photograph.

circa 1902
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Photographs | Flatiron Building under construction (1)

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Modern, mounted 8 x 10-inch print of a historic photograph.

circa 1902
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Photographs | Flatiron Building (1)

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Modern, mounted 8 x 10-inch print of a historic photograph.

1910
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Photographs | Flatiron Building (4)

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Modern, mounted 8 x 10-inch prints of historic photographs.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Photographs | "Seeing New York" tour bus at Flatiron Building (1)

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Modern, mounted 8 x 10-inch print of a historic photograph.

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Photographs | Aerial view (1)

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Modern, mounted 8 x 10-inch print of a historic photograph. A notation on verso of the mount reads "Madison Square aerial overview [looking] south towards Union Square with U.S. Navy Planes, 1930."

1930
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Postcards | "23 Skidoo" (5)

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Five postcards featuring the phrase "23 Skidoo," which is thought to have originated near the prow of the Flatiron Building, at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, where men lingered to catch sight of female ankles exposed by the downdrafts blowing off the skyscraper. Police officers, wise to what they were doing, would chase them away with a "23 Skidoo."

circa 1907-1916
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Postcards | Flatiron Building alone (35)
circa 1903-1913
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Postcards | Flatiron Building and vicinity (14)
circa 1904-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Postcards | Flatiron Building foldout (2)

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Two wooden or paper-board postcards of the Flatiron Building, with center panels that pull out to reveal other New York City sights.

circa 1905
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Postcards | Flatiron Building holiday and souvenir greetings (8)
circa 1904-1912
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Postcards | Flatiron Building humorous (4)
1907, 1908, 1992
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Postcards | Flatiron Building lenticular printing (1)

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A lenticular printed postcard that, when tilted left or right, displays alternate views of the Flatiron Building and the structures it replaced.

1903
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Postcards | Flatiron Building modern (6)
1980s-1990s
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Postcards | Flatiron Building night views (10)
circa 1905-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Postcards | Flatiron Building real photo (3)
circa 1904-1920s
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Postcards | Flatiron Building romantic (7)

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Views depicting male-female couples strolling near the Flatiron Building, or dropping letters into a mailbox near the skyscraper.

circa 1907-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Postcards | Flatiron Building under construction (2)

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Note that the date of circa 1907 refers to the approximate year these cards were published, not the construction of the Flatiron Building, which was completed in 1902.

circa 1907
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Postcards | Flatiron Building windy corner (6)

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Humorous views depicting hats, umbrellas, and skirts flying in the downdrafts of the Flatiron Building.

circa 1902-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Postcards | Flatiron Building winter scenes (2)
1906, 1908
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Postcards | Seeing New York

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Two postcards and an advertisement for the American Sight-Seeing Car and Coach Company's "Seeing New York" tour bus, which operated from the Flatiron Building.

1904-1907
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Postcards | New York Skyscrapers Souvenir Folder

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Includes a view of the Flatiron Building.

circa 1913
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Prints (2)

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Two printed images of the Flatiron Building after a 1902 photograph by C. L. Ritzmann that were apparently cut from periodicals.

1902
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Sheet music | Don't Blame it All on Broadway

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Front cover depicting the Flatiron Building, and first page of the song by Bert Grant to lyrics by Harry Williams and Joe Young.

1903
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Stereographs (3)

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• A.C. Co., 1925 | 33. "Flat Iron Building, New York City."

• Geo. W. Griffith, n.d. | 2783. Flatiron Building and Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y.

• International Stereograph Co., 1904 | 21606. "The Celebrated "Flat Iron" Building, Broadway and Fifth Avenue, New York City, U.S.A."

1904-1925
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Stereographs (4)

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• Keystone View Company, 1903 | 13504. "Flat iron" Building, Fifth Avenue and Broadway, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

• Keystone View Company, n.d. | 13504. "The Flatiron Building, Fifth Avenue and Broadway, New York, N.Y."

• Keystone View Company, n.d. | V23215. "Flatiron Building (S), Most Remarkable Business Structure on Earth, New York, N.Y."

• Keystone View Company, 1904 | 13772. "Up Broadway and Fifth Avenue from Flat Iron Building, New York, N.Y., U.S.A."

1903-1904
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Stereographs (2)

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• "Perfec" Stereograph, 1903 | 10. "Most striking of Sky-scrapers,—the "Flatiron" Bldg., (20 Stories) Broadway, New York, U.S.A.

• William H. Rau, 1904 | "New York's Celebrated Flatiron (Fuller) Building, Intersection of Broadway and 5th Ave. (20 Stories, 286 Ft. High).

1903-1904
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Stereographs (2)

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• Underwood & Underwood, 1903 | 99. "The Famous Flatiron Building—most remarkable commercial building in the World, New York"

• Underwood & Underwood, 1904 | (99)-5316. "The famous Flatiron Building—most remarkable commercial building in the world, New York"

1903-1904
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Stereographs (1)

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• No publisher, n.d. | "Flat Iron Building and View of Fifth Avenue."

undated
Box: 3 Toy | Car with "23 Skidoo" slogan

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Red tin toy convertible coupe jalopy by Linemar toys, the Japanese-manufactured division of Louis Marx and Company, covered with slogans like "10 Miles to a Gal," "Sit Here and Be on Top," "Dig This Crazy Car," and "23 Skidoo."

[1930s?]
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Unrelated material | map

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Larry Wolfe Horwitz's Official Map of Movie Stars' Homes, New York City

1993
Oversize: FF Unrelated material | poster

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Poster announcing the route of "Disney's Hercules Electrical Parade / Midtown Manhattan / Saturday, June 14, 1997 / 9 pm to 11 pm."

1997
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Unrelated material | transit ephemera

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Six copies of an MTA / New York City Transit leaflet outlining subway entrance restrictions at Penn Station, street closures, and bus reroutings during the 2004 Republican National Convention, held at Madison Square Garden, August 30 through September 2.

2004