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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 05, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

Art historian Thomas Holman collected visual representations of the Flatiron Building. Since its completion in 1902 the popularity of the skyscraper has ensured its continued appearance on advertisements, postcards, menus, sheet music covers, and greeting cards. Photographs of the building, and commercially-produced stereographic views abound. While not extensive, Holman's collection is probably strongest in its postcards (see Box 2, Folders 2-17), most of which date from the early 20th century and depict the Flatiron under construction, and, once completed, during daylight, nighttime, and snowstorms. Some cards make humorous reference to the phrase "23 Skidoo" by showing women's skirts flying on the Flatiron's windy corners.


The collection came to the New-York Historical Society in no discernible order. It has been organized alphabetically by format under the following categories:

• book

• calendar

• dining menus

• exhibition catalog

• greeting cards

• map

• periodical

• photographic negatives [GLASS]

• photographs

• postcards

• prints

• sheet music

• stereographs

• toy

• unrelated material