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As of 2015, the site of the J.D. Larkin & Co. facility is now the Larkin Center of Commerce, a modern building with large parking area on the other side of Seneca St. in Buffalo, NY.
The Larkin cards on this page were part of a series of 6. (Guess that means two of our frogs got away.) The backs of the cards had messages, one of which is reproduced below:
Here's a sample J.D. Larkin ad from Google Books,
|Title||The Homiletic Review, Volume 19 p.104|
|Publisher||Funk & Wagnalls, 1890|
|Original from||Harvard University|
|Digitized||Jun 3, 2008|
The Archival and Manuscript Collections of the University of Buffalo hold the operating papers of the Larkin Company, which was a huge enterprise at one time. The UB site also has a history of the corporation. According to their records,
Austin, Nichols & Co. was the largest wholesale grocery in the world at one time. They built a huge warehouse in Brooklyn, NY that became the focus of quite a battle in the 21st century--a battle to preserve it.
A Google Image search yields a collage of photos of the Austin, Nichols & Co. warehouse over the course of its history:
I recommend the 9 January 2009 New York Times article on the Austin, Nichols & Co. warehouse. People advocating the restoration of this historic building faced numerous political obstacles. "Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat" would certainly describe their experience.
The Municipal Art Society of New York, among others, made the case for preservation of the warehouse. They emphasized the historic roots of the building and the pioneering principles used in its design.
Below is a Google Street View of the Austin, Nichols warehouse building as of Sept 2014:
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