Diane Arbus, née Nemerov (1923-1971) was a photographer and a granddaughter of furriers, the Nemerovs of Russek’s Fifth Avenue. Like Rubinson Fur Emporium, Russek’s Fifth Avenue boasted progeny of cultural significance—in Russek’s case, Diane Arbus and her brother, poet Howard Nemerov.

Brownie cameras made Underwood & Underwood obsolete. When even children could take their own photos of pineapples, unclothed women, and such, stock prices for the Holmes viewer went down. 

Holmes viewer, a mechanical optical contraption, was named for the great Bostonian, Fireside poet, philosopher, and eloquent scientist, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., not to be confused with the other great American, his son, Civil War general, Chief Justice, and member of the Metaphysical Club, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Apart from his prescient essay extolling the wonders of the stereoscope, Holmes wrote other tracts, including his great triplet set on the evils of Western quackery—his thunderous “Astrology and Alchemy,” which made him persona non grata among several wishful thinkers on Minetta Street; his scathing taxonomy of Occidental ignorance, “Medical Delusions of the Past”; and his most elegant screed, “Homeopathy and Its Kindred Delusions,” in which he called his subject a "mingled mass of perverse ingenuity, of tinsel erudition, of imbecile credulity, and of artful misrepresentation, too often mingled in practice." His work on hygienic prophylaxis, that is, the need for surgeon...

Underwood & Underwood, maker and distributor of stereo cards and other visionary equipment, was founded in 1881 by brothers Elmer and Bert on Sesame Street in Ottawa, Kansas. At one time Elmer and Bert were “the largest publishers of stereoviews in the world with ten million views a year.” Take that, Instagram! See Brownie camera.

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