Letter cutters are kinda gone, too. I’m not even sure if there are any specialty rubber stamp houses left. Need a brass stamp or a wax seal? Good luck.
Packing boxes! Yes, it is still possible to buy packing boxes. They’re not made here anymore, but you can still buy them. But can you get hold of Valentine’s felt weather strips? How about shooks? Didn’t think so. And does the owner of Staples offer you his home phone number, just in case you have a cardboard box emergency? Again, didn’t think so.
The year this ad ran, the Myers Department Store collapsed, killing at least 13 people and injuring many more.
One of the Hudson River Telephone Company’s buildings is now a coffee house.