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Title [Ambulance outside S.R. Smith Infirmary]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1913
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on tan cardboard mount. View of an ambulance parked outside the entrance to the S.R. Smith Infirmary, a brick building with steps leading up to a covered entryway. The ambulance is marked on its side, "S.R. SMITH, INFIRMARY. / AMBULANCE. / BOROUGH / OF / RICHMOND"; a driver is seated behind the wheel and a man dressed in white or light-colored clothing stands near the rear of the vehicle.
(Keywords: Twentieth Century, New York City)
Print size 7.750 x 9.5
Ownership and History Samuel R. Smith Infirmary opened in 1861 as Staten Island's first public hospital. By the 1890s, the facility was housed in a large masonry structure located in New Brighton. (The neighborhood may also be identified as Tompkinsville; informal neighborhood designations varied over time.)

The man driving the ambulance is identified as Clarence F. Vreeland (1886-1964), who worked as a chauffer.
Earliest Date 1913
Latest Date 1913
Subjects Hospitals
Ambulances
Automobiles
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Vreeland, Clarence Frederick
Catalog Number PH01.0492
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2015.
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.