In 1754, a little paint business was started in Manhattan. Today, Devoe & Reynolds, paint and varnish manufacturers, is still an active concern— perhaps the oldest commercial establishment in the city, and one of the five oldest concerns in the U. S. still actively engaged in business.

For 101 years, the firm occupied quarters at the corner of Water and Fletcher Sts., Manhattan. In 1855, expansion forced it to move into a larger location at Fulton and Dutch Sts., where it has remained for the past 70 years....

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