WAISTS & DRESSES
The Stephano Company was located in this building from 1905 to 1909. This was a rare woman-owned business (Flora de Stephano, pres.) that made women's waists (i.e., blouses) and dresses. Stephano Co. relocated to W. 28th St. in 1909 and then to W. 33rd St. around 1915. This ad appeared in the New York Times' Buyers Market Place Mar. 30, 1913 while they were on 28th St. The business seems to have closed around 1918.
Below Stephano Co., no longer readable, was a sign for H. Hirsch & Co.:
This is the east side of 55 W. 16th St. For the west side of this building see 16street5
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