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Collection Name Benedict Family Papers
Title [Benedict Brothers jewelry store advertising photograph]
Date ca. 1875
Description This is an individual item contained within archival collection MS122.

Advertising photograph, cabinet card format on off-white mount with gold edges. Photograph shows a standing man wearing an advertising sandwich board with what appears to be a clock attached, surrounded by inscription: "BENEDICT'S TIME / ALWAYS / CORRECT / 675 / BROADWAY / UNDER / THE / GRAND / CENTRAL / HOTEL / HOLIDAY / PRESENTS!" He stands in front of an ornamental balustrade with ivy, with a painted backdrop in the background. Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "Sarony's / IMPERIAL PORTRAITS, / 680 BROADWAY, N.Y."

(Keywords: New York City)
Biography and History The Benedict Brothers jewelry store was founded in 1819 by Samuel Ward Benedict as a watch and clock repair business. In 1836 Mr. Benedict established an estate on Staten Island, and over the next century, the Benedict family continued to live on Staten Island and operate their highly respected clock, watch, and jewelry business in Manhattan. According to a 1901 ad in the Richmond County Advance newspaper, their specialties were "fine watches, diamonds, and other precious gems." The business closed in 1938.

The Benedict Brothers store was known for many years as the official "keeper of the City time." An article in the Richmond County Advance on December 23, 1905, explained that the motto originated sometime prior to 1835. The business stood at that time at Wall and William Streets, and the drivers on the Broadway omnibus line, which started in front of the Benedict store, would ask Mr. Benedict if it was time for them to start their route.
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 Photo measures 6.625" H x 4.25" W
Acquisition Gift of Roy Alston
Catalog Number 39.009.0005
Object Name Print, Photographic
Archival Description Level Item
Parent Record MS122.000
Subjects Advertising
Jewelry stores
Earliest Date 1873
Latest Date 1878
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Creator Sarony's
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, July 2017.