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These 1920s photographs -- mostly part of a subway survey of lower NYC,
Tribeca-Soho and Greenwich Village -- show typical vault lights. They were everywhere.

Negatives: Brian Merlis Collection.
50 West Broadway Christopher St. (89) R101-S5 106-108 6th Ave. (243) R101-S5 Church St. Station (579) R101-S3 108 Chambers St. (677) R101-S3 N.W. Corner Chambers & Church Sts. (678) R101-S3
(1) 50 West Broadway
ca 1920
(2) Christopher St. Station
12/22/1926
(3) 106-108 6th Ave.
1/9/1927
(4) Church St. Station
2/13/1927
(5) 108 Chambers St.
2/27/1927
(6) N.W. Corner Chambers
and Church Streets
2/27/1927
Church Street Station (685) R101-S3 Duane Street Station (699) R101-S3 Church Street Station (813) R101-S3 White Street Station (827) R101-S3 Myrtle Avenue Station (182) R109-S1 Jay Street Station (186) R109-S1
(7) Church St. Station
2/27/1927
(8) Duane St. Station
2/27/1927
(9) Church St. Station
3/6/1927
(10) White St. Station
3/6/1927
(11) Myrtle Avenue Station
11/27/1927
(12) Jay Street Station
11/27/1927
Church St. Station (1398) Broad St. Station (55) R45 S8 75-77 Nassau St. (537) 4S-S1 Nassau St. Station (162) R45 S1 Fulton St. Station (1635) R101 S1
(13) Church St. Station
1/15/1928
(14) Broad St. Station
2/5/1928
(15) #75-77 Nassau St.
2/5/1928
(16) Nassau St. Station
2/5/1928
(17) Fulton St. Station
4/1/1928

(1) The Bronze Powder Works Inc. (Formerly Carl Schlenk Works) (2) H. Behlen & Bro (Paints, Varnish) | Babs (Dining Dancing) | L. Berardo (Midwife) | Harvey P. Vaughn (Real Estate, Insurance) | SOCONY | Cowboy Dinner Dancing | American Coffee Shop (3) Wm. Jay Barker (Hirsutus; est. 1847) | C. O. Bigelow (Drugs; Rubber Goods; Crutches; Physicians' Supplies; Sick-Room Requisites; Prescriptions; Est. 1838) | Athens Chop House | United States Medicine Company | Fred L. Melis (Artificial Flowers & Foliage) | Pepe & Bro. (4) Bardour's Linen Threads | Burton Brothers & Co. | [*The Harris Company (Textile) | *The Linen Thread Company | *Textile Linen Company Inc.] (5) Henry W. Putnam (Sole Maker of the Genuine Lightning Fruit Jar) | Duplex Sales Co. Inc. | J. T. Kelly (representing Buffalo Sled Co. & Griswold Mfg. Co.) (6) Tibeout | I. H. Greene & Co. (Cutlery) | Standard Cafeteria | Walter B. Stevens & Co. (Dog Collars) | Chambers Hardware & Tool Co. | Cosmopolitan | Syd's Dresses | Wiehl & Widmann (Restaurant; Charles Kreutzer proprietor) (7) The J. E. Hindle Numbering and Paging Company | Weber & Earley Co. (Printing) | The Home Rubber Co. (8) Brauer & Leventhal (Shoes) | La Primadora (Cigars) | Merrit, Elliot & Co. (Shoes & Slippers) | Bond Shoe Co. | Goodyear Rubber Company | Bleecker Shoe Co. | Converse Rubber Shoe Co. | French Cable Co. | L. & K. Shoe Co. Inc. | Wearwell Shoe Co. | Big Shoe Finding Company (9) Bacon & Co. (Shirts) | Standard Mills (Cotton Goods) | [***] (10) Wm. Amderson Textile Mfg. Co. | Helwig & Moore (Importers of Linens) | McCrum, Watson & Mecer (Linen) | Michael Pascarella | Alderdice Hamilton Co. (Quality Linens) | Felix Tausend & Son (Linens) | Alex F. Reid & Sons (Twines) | A. Goldstein & Co. (Boys Wash Suits & Blouses) | Erskine Beveridge & Company (Linens) (11) Atlantic & Pacific (Tea Room) | Beck Hazzard Shoes | Equity Billiard Academy | A. Pearson | Transfer Tax Bureau (12) Hauptman's Clothes (13) F. W. Woolworth (14) George's Luncheon | The Green Line (Sandwiches) | Mount & Robertson (Office Partitions, Fixures for Banks, etc) | Robins | Schrafft's | World Wide Wireless (15) Louis Burke (Watch Repairing) | Consolidated Watch Co. | Goldsmith Brothers (Stationary) | Dr. F. J. Woodworth (Dentist) | Knife & Fork Coffee House (16) Furmbilt Clothes | Klein's | Miller's Restaurant | Rival Shoe | Rivoli (Silk Hosery) | Piccadilly Restaurant | Chas. W. Wolf (Luggage) (17) Manhattan Electrical Bargain House | New York Frame Picture Co. | Otto's Grill | I. Shor (Jewelers)