Thursday, July 28, 2016

Walter's Hardware Co. In Astoria, Queens was founded in 1922 by Marty Walters.

When we took this photo in 2006 for our book "Store Front:The Disappearing Face of New York" we also interviewed the owner and got a tour of the original interior including the rolling wooden ladders that were necessary to reach the upper cabinets and shelves 🔧🔨🔩that ran the length of the store. The store even had the distinctive smell of a #hardware store, which the owner explained to us "is produced by a co-mingling of odors from fertilizer and oil among others."

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