From 1940, an ad for John Ferris Jr., manufacturer of brushes since 1833. He was one of what seems to have been simply hundreds of businesses on Broadway at the time. It’s hard to imagine how different it must have been. It’s still a very busy place, but it’s all office work. No one’s making mops or brooms. Of course, no city as big as Albany could possibly have gotten by with just one brush factory, so this isn’t the first time I’ve written about a brush factory.