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Brooklyn, NY, US
[0-4] 486 Sand Street, Brooklyn, New York. A
branch of the Climax View Co. of Manhattan,
founded about turn of the century by Iverson,
McGillicuddy & Rubinstein (= I.M.R.); SEE entry
for Climax View Co. for full history of co. All
images seen were shot in studio with rather poor
backdrops & props, often irrelevant or even
inappropriate to the subj.; many of the nude
studies, for example, have backdrops of
skyscrapers, butcher shops, or shop windows.
Issued views under 3 labels with varying degrees
of raciness; all with identical card & photo
formats. Views under I.M.R. label are uncommon,
made in sets of 15, many found trimmed & notched
for use in arcade machines; all seen are
strip-tease sequences, each showing one woman
only, ranging from quite decorous to partial
nudity; sets known include The Baby Bride, Night
Dreams, Figure Beautiful, A Hot Night, The Love
Thief, Flame of Passion, Bedroom Curtain,
Mollie's Love, some have CR dates of 26 & 29.
Views bearing the Imperial Series label are
scarce but have #s into the 5,000s; all are
comic genre. Most are sets of 4 to 15 views
bearing sequential number series (such as
3155-4170); as a generality, the higher the number, the more risque the images. Content
ranges from single or multiple women, some
partial nudity, mostly full-frontal; sets seen
include The Dancers, Rehearsing for the Ballet,
Saturday Night Bath, and Dressing for the Date.
The "Ecstacy Views -- The Best in Breezy Fotos"
was the XXX line, ranging from single to
multiple women & lesbian activity to men & women
in hard-core pornographic sequences. Found in
sets of 12, always numbered in neg. with series
& sequence #s such as 1-3, 5-12, etc.; four such
sets seen, highest one numbered 16. For those
unfamiliar with Brooklyn, Sand Street where the
co. was located fronts on the Brooklyn Navy Yard
and commercial wharves; output was doubtless
aimed largely at sailors. Major holding,
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
|Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.|
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