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Pageant Print Shop

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69 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10003 40.72664 -73.990422
nr. Bowery  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-674-5296 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Specialty Shop
  • Products & Services: Gifts/Novelty Shops, Prints/Posters
Photo by Corinne Durand

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Official Website

pageantbooks.com

Hours

Tue-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, 1pm-7pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide

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  • Prints/Posters

Gifts & Parties

  • Gifts/Novelty Shops

Profile

This specialty antique archive offers thousands of dated, one-of-a-kind prints and maps, drawing both serious collectors and curious passersby. Since its original incarnation as a used-book shop in 1946—founded by Sidney B. Solomon and Henry Chafetz—Pageant has bounced around throughout lower Manhattan, relocating from East 9th Street to East 4th Street to West Houston and back. Today, the shop is run by Sidney’s daughters, Shirley and Rebecca Solomon, who scout rare finds at various antique markets and shows. Though the rare-books portion of the business is now online-only, the store’s vast stash of old maps, prints, and advertisements fills the minuscule space. Each item is covered in plastic and placed onto a sheet of cardboard to preserve its condition; prints are filed in two orderly tiers of display racks by category, including the broad—costumes, fashion, ephemera, sports—and the very specific, like a thick stack of New York maps “Below 14th Street” or the cartoons of Thomas Nast. Prices run the gamut as well, from $1 postcard-size prints near the doorway to framed, intricate New York maps from the 1800s for around $1,000.

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