100+ YO Pharmacy Bottle From the Low Tide Mud

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UnderMiner

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Found this bottle in the low tide mud last night. It is for S. James Alterman Co. Pharmacy which operated on 55 & 6 Broadway in NYC. I haven't been able to find any information on the company as of yet. Bottle is blown in mold with tooled top. Was just free floating on the surface.
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You can see the rising moon in the foreground and the setting sun is behind me.
 

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Found Samuel James Alterman Co 1917 and 1920 NYC telephone directory listed as druggist Tremont Ave Bronx maybe an earlier location
 

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Found Samuel James Alterman Co 1917 and 1920 NYC telephone directory listed as druggist Tremont Ave Bronx maybe an earlier location
Yes, it makes sense, I misread the address as 55&6 Broadway which would be Manhattan when it is actually 5586 Broadway which is in the Bronx, so this places it closer to the Tremont Ave location which could have been where they moved to or were originally from at some point.

Interesting note, 5586 Broadway was in the path of a construction project that was being slowly enacted around the turn of the 20th century. Tibbets Brook, which flowed through the area was being filled in but Broadway needed to be torn up to accommodate the new drain pipes. Maybe the pharmacy moved due to project making a mess of the street.

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According to the source linked to the photo above the building closest to the camera is 5578 Broadway, meaning the the S. James Alterman pharmacy was likely in one of the buildings further down in this image. Buisness probably wasn't good as the construction was very delayed due to Tammany Hall corruption. This photo was taken in 1905, and it wouldn't be completed until 1910, not good for business.

Apparently the total construction time lasted from 1890-1910. The image below was taken in 1902 in the same general area:
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The pharmacist was my great-uncle Samuel James Alterman (1890-1955). In the mid-1920s he sold that pharmacy and moved to Peekskill, where he owned a pharmacy and sporting-goods store. If you would ever consider parting with it I have several second cousins (Sam's grandchildren) who would be interested in buying it.
 

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