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Collection Name Real Estate Collection
Title South New York (Formerly Staten Island)
Date 1906
Description Booklet (multi-page brochure) created by a real estate company to promote purchases on Staten Island.

The front cover has an illustration titled "Father Knickerbocker Finds a New Home for his Children." Printed in black, white, and shades of red, it shows a giant man in Colonial American dress standing with one foot on the island of Manhattan and the other foot on Staten Island. At the lower right corner, the maker of the illustration is identified as "THE WALTER BINNER CO. N.Y." The booklet is 16 pages long (including the covers). The back cover indicates the booklet was produced by Blumenberg Press, 214-216 William Street, New York. It is bound by two metal staples.

The contents suggest that Wood, Harmon & Co. is offering lots at prices that are undervalued compared with other parts of New York City. Transportation and proposed improvements are described. Page 4 includes the statement, "`South New York' is the only remaining land in New York City for all time to come where a man can own a house at $25 per month, where he can have a yard about it in which his children can play." The centerfold is a bird's eye view showing South New York developments throughout Staten Island. Page 13 reproduces a letter from George Cromwell, President of the Borough of Richmond, expressing his confidence in the future of the borough.

(This is a description of a single item within the Real Estate Collection. It is part of Series 2: Businesses and Organizations. See collection, series, and/or item records of the same collection for additional information.)
Biography and History Wood, Harmon & Co. had an uptown office at German Savings Bank Building, 14th Street and Fourth Avenue, and a downtown office at Home Life Building, 257 Broadway, as listed on the back cover of the booklet. Page 15 lists developed properties in various U.S. cities and states that the company was established in New York for 20 years [as of 1906].
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 Dimensions are 10.75 inches high by 8.0 inches wide (when closed).
Catalog Number MS234.002.ITEM.0002
Object Name Booklet
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS234.002
Subjects Real estate business
Real estate development
Earliest Date 1906
Latest Date 1906
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Creator Wood, Harmon & Co.
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.