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Title Lower cabin Robert Garrett
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1888
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W photo on gray cardboard mount. Interior view of a ferry boat, seen from a stairway. The walls are covered with wood paneling, with benches along both sides and windows on the right; a door is at the far end, with an inscription in the glass above the door: "LADIES SALOON" (seen reversed). Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "293 / Lower Cabin Robert Garrett". The mount has tape binding along one edge, suggesting it may have been part of an album.
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 3.875 x 6.625
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Exhibit Label Heading Lower Cabin
Staten Island Ferryboat "Robert Garrett"
ca. 1888

Exhibit Label Text Almstaedt created a study in pattern and perspective using the elegant interior of a Staten Island ferryboat as his subject. The "Robert Garrett" began service in 1888 and could accommodate 4,999 passengers.
Exhibit Label Text A glass sign over the doorway identifies this area to oncoming passengers as the "Ladies Saloon."

Exhibit Label Text Robert Garrett was the president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which operated the Staten Island ferry from 1884 until 1905, when it was taken over by New York City government. The boat that carried his name was renamed the "Stapleton" in 1906. It was later used as a floating tuberculosis sanitarium by the municipal Department of Health.
Earliest Date 1888
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Ferries
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0018.B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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