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Title ["Crystal Palace", Tottenville]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1890
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. Diagonal front and side view of a two-story clapboard house in run-down condition: broken shutters, missing steps, loose or missing clapboards, etc. Four men are in the photo, all looking toward the camera: one man stands on the porch, one stands in the doorway; one stands on a large rock in front of the house; and one man stands near the fence at far right. Bare trees are in the background, and a pile of brush is in front of the porch. A small sign hangs over the door at left: "CRYSTAL / PALACE". Handwritten inscription in pencil on reverse: "This house was built by a man was called / Uncle Peter Reid over 1 hunder years ago / on William Street (now Yetman Ave.) / Tottenville / Staten Island / the men is Marten Fisher & Mr. W. Sleight / and Mr William Harvey & Mr Young".
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 7.5 x 9.375
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Powell Ainsworth
Ownership and History A small sign hanging over the doorway at left proclaims this house to be the "Crystal Palace," possibly a humorous reference to the splendid exhibition halls built in London and New York City in the 1850s. The handwritten inscription on the reverse of the original photograph identifies the scene as a group of men posing in front of the early-American home of Peter Reid in Tottenville, Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Houses
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 68.024.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 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.