A very faded building ad on Jamaica Avenue near 161st Street advertises the department store once billed as Jamaica’s largest. Simon, Louis and Moses Plaut opened their first department store in Newark, NJ in 1870, and had a branch in Jamaica in the early 20th Century. The Jamaica branch closed in 1935.


1911 ad


1926 ad



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4 Responses to PLAUT BROTHERS, Jamaica

  1. Joe Fliel says:

    Plaut Bros. closed in 1935. According to a photo caption in Old Queens, N.Y., in Early Photographs by Vincent F. Seyfried and William Asadorian, the store had a final liquidation sale in that year. There is a photo (photo 49, p.34) which can be seen at the link:,+Jamaica,+NY&source=bl&ots=cHBS8VJ32u&sig=an_YcQjHzLqL1QrESH5Jo5RII28&hl=en&sa=X&ei=L1viU4SgBcy3yATVw4GIBg&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=Plaut%20Bros.%2C%20Jamaica%2C%20NY&f=false

  2. april says:

    Would this become the site of Mays later on? I would venture that taxi driver-cum-published author Melissa Plaut is a descendant of these once-successful Plauts.

  3. Ceya says:

    The ad is on the Plaut Building.

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