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Bowne + Co.


If you can’t tell, I really like old things, antiques, and history so Bowne & Co., located in the South Street Seaport, is right up my alley. It was established in NYC in 1775 and is New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. And if that’s not impressive enough they still offer custom 19th-century letterpress printing for the most enviable stationery!

Notes from Bowne + Co.:
Bowne & Co. was established by Robert Bowne in 1775 and is New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. By 1900, New York City boasted over 700 printing offices. Most were located in Lower Manhattan and the South Street Seaport Historic District to facilitate shipping, trade, and finance. Maritime trade industries—growing each year as their goods reached the entire country through the Erie Canal—found themselves in need of a flurry of printed materials for conducting business, causing the demand for stationery, invoices, advertisements, and other printed materials. In 1975, Bowne & Co. Inc. partnered with the Seaport Museum to open a 19th-century-style print shop at 211 Water Street in the South Street Seaport Historic District. Today, in addition to the letterpress printing collection, Bowne & Co. embodies the spirit of a turn-of-the-century store that is unique, eclectic and like none other in the city.

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