Pottier & Stymus ca. 1871 Original Business Card
I thought that some of you might enjoy seeing this original Pottier & Stymus business card that I recently acquired. The address dates it to be 1871 and afterwards. Note the reference to Tiffany & Co. in the lower right corner (click the image to expand it). I can’t pinpoint the reasoning behind the presence of the Tiffany name on the P&S card other than to say that the Herter Brothers book states that these firms worked on commissions together.
As of the approximate time of this card’s printing, P & S was an independent company employing 700 men and 50 women. Their new building was six stories tall and occupied half of a city block across the street from the present site of Grand Central Terminal. The book goes on to describe the first story’s showrooms as:
“a museum containing over 400,000 [sic] articles, ” including furniture “of every variety of pattern, and of the most elaborate workmanship.” In a vast “Hall of Models,” bronzes, fixtures, among other items, were exhibited, many of which were said to have been executed by the firm. Smaller “galleries” were “intended to show the effect of complete sets of furniture, and upon the desire of the purchaser, they are transformed, as if by enchantment, into an elegant drawing-room, a bijou of a boudoir, a stately dining-room, or a more modest library.”
Makes you wish you could go back in time…
The card’s reverse: