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Title [Verrazano Bridge]
Object Name Negative, Film
Photographer Flamm, Herbert A.
Date November 1964
Collection Herbert A. Flamm Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W film negative. View of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, seen from below. An ocean liner is passing beneath the bridge.
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century)
Film Size 8 x 10
Acquisition Gift of Herbert A. Flamm
Ownership and History This photograph may have been made around the time that the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened in November 1964. The ship in the photograph has been tentatively identified as the S.S. United States. A postal "first day cover," commemorating the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on November 21, 1964, has an illustration on the envelope which is similar (but not identical) to this view. The ship is identified as the "superliner United States, largest of all American ships and fastest afloat."

A native of Staten Island, Herbert A. Flamm was an active community leader as well as a prolific commercial photographer. The photographer's handwritten inscription on the original negative sleeve for this photograph reads, "Peterson / F.T.Z.," suggesting that the photo may have been commissioned by the Foreign Trade Zone in Stapleton, Staten Island. Further study is needed to determine whether Flamm captured the view himself or made a copy from another photograph.
Earliest Date 1964
Latest Date 1964
Subjects Bridges
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 79.022.0621
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2014.
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