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Title [Fire damage at Midland Beach]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1924
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print, found loose with photograph album X17.0003; the album contains photographs of Midland Beach, Staten Island, and is associated with Henry Johnk. View of charred wood and what appears to be metal debris from a fire. Two tall structures are in the middle ground, with another tall structure, possibly a water tower, at right. This appears to be the same structure seen in photo X17.0003.18, near the roller coaster; part of the roller coaster appears to be faintly visible at far right. Handwritten inscription on reverse: "Fire at Midland / 1924 / Dear Mr Lumard, I / shall be glad to / hear from you how / you are getting along / and what is what / best regards / Arnold Ne[ba?]."
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century)
Print size 5.875 x 3.5
Ownership and History The Midland Beach resort suffered a devastating fire on September 26, 1924. An article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that within hours, the massive blaze has "reduced the resort to a heap of smouldering ruins."
Earliest Date 1924
Latest Date 1924
Subjects Fire
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number X17.0003.20
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, July 2017.
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.