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Title [Richmond Avenue]
Object Name Negative, Film
Photographer Flamm, Herbert A.
Date 1944
Collection Herbert A. Flamm Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W film negative. Street scene; view looking south on Richmond Avenue (now Port Richmond Avenue) in Port Richmond. Diagonal view of storefronts, with cars parked along the curb on both sides of the street. Store signs include (from right to left): "SAM DANSKY / SWEET-ORR / UNION MADE / CLOTHES TO WORK IN"; "RICHMOND DRY GOODS"; "NATIONAL VARIETY STORE / EVERYTHING FOR / MEN - WOMEN - CHILDREN"; "PALACE" (the theater); "ARMY - NAVY"; "MAYFLOWER"; "WOOLWORTH CO."; "MANHATTAN FURNITURE"; and "ROYAL". People are walking in the street and on the sidewalk. Strings of Christmas lights are hung across the street at intervals.
(Keywords: Holiday, Automobile, Twentieth Century, New York City)
Film Size 8 x 10
Acquisition Gift of Herbert A. Flamm
Ownership and History Many Staten Islanders have shared fond memories of Port Richmond's retail district. James G. Ferreri recalled, "The fun of Christmas seasons in those days began on Thanksgiving night when my father would load us into the car and drive us to Port Richmond just after dark to see the garlands of lights that stretched between telephone poles illuminated for the first time." (Ferreri's reminiscences were published in a newspaper article titled "Memories of stress-free shopping on `The Avenue'," Staten Island Advance, December 30, 2010.)

The portion of Richmond Avenue which runs through Port Richmond (east of today's Route 440) was renamed Port Richmond Avenue in the 1980s.

A native of Staten Island, Herbert A. Flamm was an active community leader as well as a prolific commercial photographer. Clients such as the Board of Transportation, the Richmond Poster Company, and owners of family businesses hired Mr. Flamm to document local stores and street scenes. The Staten Island Historical Society owns more than 7,000 of Mr. Flamm’s original film negatives.
Earliest Date 1944
Latest Date 1944
Subjects Automobiles
Storefronts
Theaters
Streets
Christmas decorations
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 79.022.0873
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2014.
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