|Title||12:00 o'clock noon linoleum works|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Photographer||Decker, Willard D.|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
B&W print made from original negative. View of a courtyard among the factory buildings at the American Linoleum Manufacturing Company in Linoleumville (Travis), Staten Island. Numerous men and women are walking; several men are riding bicycles. SIHS inscription on reverse: "12:00 o'clock noon Linoleum Works / Travis. / photographed by Willard D. Decker / c 1900 / copied Nov. 1936 from / negative loaned by Mr. Decker."
(Keywords: New York)
|Print size||3.375 x 4.250|
|Acquisition||Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society|
|Ownership and History||
In 1863, in Middlesex Co., England, Frederick Walton advertised a need for financial backing to start the production of his invention, linoleum. Edward Nicholson responded, and he and his father-in-law, Dennis Hill, joined Walton in business. Success was not immediate, but the product slowly took hold after the partners opened a shop and a display room in London. In 1873, Walton was invited to the U.S. by Joseph Wild in order to set up an American factory: the site chosen for the factory was on Staten Island. The company was named the American Linoleum Manufacturing Company, and the neighborhood in which it was located was named Linoleumville (now Travis). In the late 1920s, the company was bought by the Sandura Company, which closed down in 1931.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.|
|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.|