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Title Iron mines, July 4th, 1890
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date July 4, 1890
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description 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 Iron Mines
Staten Island
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.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Iron miners
Iron mining
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 62.012.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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