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I recently found this report on my great-grandfather's business buried among great-grandmother's treasures. He started with a cart, then a stand, and then opened the first department store in Brooklyn. When the Brooklyn Bridge was built, providing Brooklynites with access to The City, Great-Grandfather's business suffered, but he re-grouped.

Mercantile agencies are the precursors of credit reporting agencies, except they supplied info on businesses as well as indivduals. This one, P.G. Dun & Co., is an ancestor of Dun & Bradstreet. Typos are from the original.



The Mercantile Agency
R.G. Dun & Co.

The information given on this sheet is an answer to an inquiry made by Subscriber to The Mercantile Agency who asks for the same AS AN AID, to determine the propriety of giving credit...The Mercantile Agency SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE for any loss caused by the neglect, unfaithfulness or misconduct of any of the said Subscriber's agents, servants, clerks, attorneys, and employees...the Information thus communicated shall be STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL ; shall never be communicated to the persons to whom it refers.

John J. BklynBorn Co.--------------Ret. Dry Goods, &c.----BROOKLYN, N.Y.

John J. Bklynborn, President, :
John B. Bklynborn, Vice-President, :
Annie Bklynborn, Sect'y & Treas. :

July 24, 1905------------------229-235 Graxxx St.
Incorporated July 11th, under the laws of the State of New York, with an authorized capital of $55,000 in 550 shares of $100 each. It succeeded to the business of John J. Bklynborn, who turned it over to the corporation August 1, 1900. Miss Annie Bklynborn is a daughter of John J. Bklynborn. She had been employed in her father's office for sometime and the financial details of the business are under her charge. John B. Bklynborn who is her brother has been until recently the manager of the store, but while still holding the office of Vice-President, has jot been active in the management for a few years past as he was studying for the Priesthood.
John J. BklynBorn was originally of the firm of Bklynborn & Sons, 189 Driggs Avenue, which concern he succeeded January 10, 1888. In 1896, he extended his business by taking the two stores adjoining his original stand and added lines of crockery, men's furnishings, goods and other merchandise as usually carried in a department store.
In October 1902, Miss. Bklynborn made a statement above her signature as per inventory of August 1902. This statement showed a surplus in business of $31,620.64, over liabilities $1?,430.89 also equity in real estate $24,001, making total worth in and out of business of $55,620.64. Under date of November 20, 19032, the company made a signed statement which showed total asset over liabilities of $55,000.

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Miss Bklynborn was not in, when calls were recently made and it was said she was out of town, and it could not be definitely learned when she would return.
The company is sold by a number of houses, have the reputation of meeting their engagements promptly, and it is said discounts and anticipates the datings to a considerable extent, and it has always maintained excellent standing and credit.
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