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Title [H.S. Brower hardware store]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Studio or Publisher Instantaneous Photo View Co.
Date ca. 1890s-1900s
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Diagonal view of front and side of a one-story building with attic and porch, identified as Brower's hardware store on Amboy Road in Great Kills, Staten Island. A horse-drawn wagon with two men seated inside is in front of the store at left, and a man on a bicycle is stopped beside a utility pole at center. At right is another horse-drawn wagon, with two men seated. Inscriptions on the windows of the store: "H. S. BROWER / SANITARY PLUMBING & GAS [...] / STEAM & HOT WATER H[...]" and "H. S. BROWER / ROOFING TIN & S[...] I[RO]N WORK / STOVES RANGES & FU[RN]ACES". A sign on the side of the building has inscription: "QUICK MEAL / WICKLESS / [...]". Painted inscription on the side of the wagon in front of the store: "H. S. BROWER, / PLUMBER. / Giffords, S.I." Handwritten inscription on reverse identifies four of the men: "[J?] FLYNN / MR. SINKER BY POLE / MR. BROWER / JACK DOOLEY". Stamped inscription on reverse: "INSTANTANEOUS PHOTO VIEW CO., / 757 3RD AVENUE, N.Y. / PRINTERS TO THE TRADE."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 6 x 8
Acquisition Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Britten Hillyer
Ownership and History Herbert S. Brower (1863-1937) was listed with the occupation of tinsmith in the 1880 census. By 1915 his occupation was master plumber. His store, located at 3987 Amboy Road in Great Kills, Staten Island, began as a hardware store and grew over the years to include a variety of merchandise. A 1930 publication described it as "one hundred feet long and nearly forty feet wide, finely proportioned and containing a complete line of hardware and house furnishings of every description."

See photo 79.022.1698 for a view of Brower's Hardware Store as it appeared in 1952.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1920
Subjects Stores & shops
Hardware stores
Carts & wagons
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Brower, Herbert S.
Catalog Number PH01.1102
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2016.
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.