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New York City, NY, US 
[0-2] "Manufactured by..."; 1 & 3 Union Square until ~30, 133-137 W. 23rd St. until ~40s. One of latest-surviving small companies; a curious operation thoroughly researched by the late Fred Lightfoot. Founders about the turn of the century were: Nathan Rubinstein, James McGillicuddy and Harry Iverson; business was continued into the second generation by Isaac Rubinstein & John McGillicuddy (Iverson had no children). Had two separate locations, 1 in Manhattan under name of Climax View Co.; another on Sand Street in Brooklyn under name of I.M.R. Co. (Iverson--McGillicuddy--- Rubinstein). The Manhattan operation made rare mediocre views of NYC streets, but great majority of output was comic & mildly risque, occasionally nicely tinted, usually in sets of 3 to 12 curved mounts. Rubinsteins (father & son) were the photographers for both branches; work not bad but most stage sets are rudimentary; comic Irish/German/Jewish genre; copies of nude paintings/statuary; dozens of sets of semi-nude women: Ikey Sells a Suit; The Wrestlers (man & woman); On the Beach (3 nude girls); In Pokey (woman bringing man in jail supper -- looks like real jail); The Acrobats; Krause and the Beer Barrel; The Eunuchs Revenge; Plastic Poses; The Gymnasts; The Mimic Queen (man in drag); Clad in Chiffon; Pat and Mike on a Rip; A Hot Night; Fair Columbia; A Hot Time in the Dressing Room; Miss Liberty Off Her Base; etc., etc. Many views dist. through McCasher Supply Co. of Philadelphia. SEE entry for I.M.R. Co. for details on that branch. Some of their images were pub. by C.E. Johnson of Salt Lake City, UT. 
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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