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Title Path to Greenhouses - Sister Linda with dog Prince
Object Name Stereoview
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1880-1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W stereoview (now sepia stone) on cardboard mount; the mount is orange on the front and pink on the reverse. View of a path curving through the landscaped grounds of the Birmingham estate, with a young woman and a dog at far right beneath a tall tree. To the left of the path is a tree with leafy plants around its base, and a rustic bench. At right is a lawn with plants in pots. Handwritten inscription in ink below the photo (probably not the photographer's inscription, but possibly original owner's): "Path to Greenhouses -- Sister Linda with dog Prince." Handwritten on reverse of mount (in three different handwritings): "8 / D. W. B." and "Staten Island View / Path to Greenhouses -- Sister Linda with dog Prince" and "Birmingham Est. Now (1943) -- 'Shore / Acres'."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 3.625 x 6.75
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History This photo shows part of the grounds of the estate of Mark Birmingham (ca. 1827-1914) in the area of Staten Island now known as Shore Acres. The path led to the greenhouses. The young woman at far right is Mark Birmingham's daughter, Linda Charlotte Birmingham.

Mark Birmingham (also spelled Brumagim) was born in Montgomery County, New York. . In 1849, he sailed on the bark Linda to California, where he opened a bank, owned gold and silver mines, and became the president of the Pacific Pearl Company. He and his wife Charlotte E. (Rice) Birmingham had three children who survived to adulthood: David Walton, Lily White, and Linda Charlotte. By 1867, they had a home on Staten Island, and owned the estate seen in this photograph by 1874. An article in The Sun, dated February 7, 1885, described their estate as "one of the finest on the island." By 1887, Birmingham had sold the estate.

David Walton Birmingham's initials are inscribed on this stereoview's mount, suggesting he may have written the caption beneath the image. David's sister Linda became ill with pneumonia and passed away on January 25, 1885. Her sister Lily stayed at her bedside throughout her illness; the day after Linda's death, Lily became ill, and passed away eight days later.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Lawns
Landscape photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Brumagim, Mark
Brumagim, David
Brumagim, Linda
Catalog Number PH01.1001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, November 2015.
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.