Large promotional print for Maiden Lane in New York City, now an integral part of New York's financial district. In the late 19th century, as shown, it was the city's jewelry center. The subtitle describes it as "Jewelry Centre of the World. A Space Less than Two Blocks Containing 308 Jewelry Firms." The bustling commercial activity is evident from the signs on the buildings advertising merchants of jewelry, diamonds, watches, and insurance, the horse-drawn coaches and carts crossing the crowded intersection, and dozens of overhead telegraph, telephone and power lines.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an example of this print in their collection, as well as a view of Broadway looking north from Maiden Lane by the same publisher, J.J. Fogerty. The New York Public Library also has an example of this print in its collection which they describe as follows:
Maiden Lane, located in the heart of downtown Manhattan's financial district, was once the jewelry capital of the United States. This lithograph illustrates the area's constant hustle (and the public's apparent appetite for watches). Heading into the first quarter of the 20th century, however, most of the jewelry shops that lined the Lane steadily moved north, making room for downtown's growing insurance and banking industries.
James J. Fogerty was a New York City publisher, whose firm, J.J. Fogerty, apparently focused on publishing business directories, including Fogerty's Directory for the Goldsmiths & Jeweler (from 1877 to at least the early 20th century), The Jeweler and Metal-Worker Directory and Fogerty’s Directory to the dry goods and kindred trades of New York, Philadelphia, Boston and the manufacturing cities of the East.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Few short marginal tears and creases professionally restored verso with Japanese tissue; professionally deacidified and cleaned overall.
"Maiden Lane, New York/ Jewelry Centre of the World." Lunch Hour NYC, New York Public Library. 2012. http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/items/show/502 (8 March 2013).
"Maiden Lane, New York/ Jewelry Centre of the World." New York Public Library Digital Gallery. 25 March 2011. http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?1659319 (8 March 2013).
"James J. Fogerty." Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections?ft=*&who=James+J.+Fogerty (8 March 2013).
"Trade Items." The American Stationer. 1 June 1893. p. 1190. Online at Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=90JYAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1190 (8 March 2013).