|Title||["Crystal Palace", Tottenville]|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
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.|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2012.|
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