|Title||[H.S. Brower hardware store]|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Studio or Publisher||Instantaneous Photo View Co.|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
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.
Stores & shops
Carts & wagons
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
Brower, Herbert S.
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