|Title||Iron mines, July 4th, 1890|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Date||July 4, 1890|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
Original B&W print on cardboard mount. Group portrait of 13 men in a wooded setting, with two tents behind them. Six of the men are standing, 3 sit on wooden barrels, 2 sit on the ground, and one reclines on the ground. Several of the men hold tools, one holds an accordian, and one holds a rifle. In the center of the group is a pot hanging by a string from sticks arranged in a triangle over a campfire; one man holds a stick in the pot, as if stirring. A lantern also hangs from the sticks. Several metal or ceramic bottles are lying on the ground in front of the campfire. Three of the men look toward the camera; the others look in different directions. Handwritten inscription in ink on the mount below the photo: "Iron Mines. July, 4th 1890."
(Keywords: New York)
|Print size||7.250 x 9.5|
|Acquisition||Gift of Roland Cortelyou, Jr.|
|Exhibit Label Heading||
July 4, 1890
|Exhibit Label Text||During the latter half of the 19th century, architectural and industrial demand for iron gave impetus to mining efforts on Staten Island. A number of successful companies are documented; this photograph provides important evidence of the miners themselves.|
|Exhibit Label Text||This photograph was found in a house on Castleton Avenue in 1962. It is said to be from the Schleuter family.|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.|
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