Friday, May 14, 2010
Vantine's, New York
There is quite a bit of history about Vantine's on the internet, including great background on Mr.Vantine himself. Read this 1911 guide to the store, then scroll down on the same page for an update, including how the mob came to own it and used the store as a front for drug smuggling!
At first I thought Vantine's might have been in Chinatown, but browsing through vintage paper dolls and other items at Eclectibles.com, I found an advertising fan from A.A.Vantine, located at Broadway and 18th Street.
Around 1914, the store moved to Fifth Ave. and 39th St. according to the New York Times archives, just about the time that Lord and Taylor's opened at 40th and 5th Ave. Vantine's went out of business in 1920, but then was reorganized by former employees and reopened in 1923, down the block from its Fifth Ave. location. Not clear when Vantine's shut down for good, but it was fun digging through the Times archives to find more clues.
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