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Collection Name Transportation Collection
Title Transportation Map of Staten Island
Date ca. 1933
Description Advertising brochure and map, showing transportation lines of Tompkins Bus Corp., Staten Island Rapid Transit, and trolley lines.

The brochure is comprised of a single sheet of tan paper folded into four segments. On one side of the sheet are four vertical text panels with orange and red borders and black printed text. The title panel reads, "TRANSPORTATION / MAP / OF / STATEN ISLAND / SHOWING LINES / OF / TOMPKINS BUS CORP. / STATEN ISLAND RAPID TRANSIT / TROLLEY LINES / PREPARED FOR AND PUBLISHED BY / CORNELIUS G. KOLFF, INC. / STATEN ISLAND REAL ESTATE AGENTS / FOR 40 YEARS / CORN EXCHANGE BANK BUILDING / ST. GEORGE, STATEN ISLAND / PRINTED BY JOHN WILLIG PRESS, INC., STAPLETON." Other panels promote the Tompkins Bus Corporation and Cornelius G. Kolff, Inc. (a real estate, development, and insurance business). A handwritten inscription in pencil reads "Rossbach / 1185 Castleton Av."

The reverse unfolds to form a map of Staten Island in vertical format, titled "MAP / OF / STATEN ISLAND / PREPARED FOR / CORNELIUS G. KOLFF INC. / REAL ESTATE / ST. GEORGE." The inscription indicates the map was drawn by R. G. Biggerstaff, Eltingville S.I., and includes a key to the markings for various transportation lines.
(Keywords: New York)

(This is a description of a single item within the Transportation Collection. See collection record and/or item records of the same collection for additional information.)
Biography and History Cornelius G. Kolff (1860-1950) was a prominent Staten Island real estate developer and businessman. Mr. Kolff began his real estate business in 1893, and with his partner, Louis W. Kaufmann, developed a number of notable Island properties. Developments listed on this brochure include Silver Lake Park West, Emerson Hill, Longview, Shore Acres, Woods of Arden, Elting Park, Stuyvesant Farms, Arden Corners, and Harbor View. The brochure lists Kolff as President, Kaufmann as Vice President - Secretary, and Amelia B. Kaufmann as Treasurer of the firm, and includes lists of their various business activities.

Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.
Physical Extent Item measures 17 x 9.25 inches when unfolded.
Catalog Number MS233.000.ITEM.0001
Object Name Map
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS233.000
Subjects Bridges
Buses
Maps
Railroads
Transportation
Ferries

Earliest Date 1931
Latest Date 1938
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Creator Kolff, Cornelius G.
Associated People Rossbach, Frank Livingston
Kolff, Cornelius
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.