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Title Street scene -- Tompkinsville '86
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date 1886
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W photo on gray cardboard mount. View of a row of two- and three- story buildings seen from across an unpaved street. Signs on the buildings include "BANK OF STATEN ISLAND"; "STATEN ISLAND / EYE & EAR / HOSPIT[AL]"; "PLUMBING"; "A.M. MALLOY MARKET / DRUGGIST"; and "J. CUNEEN". Several men and a group of children stand on the sidewalk. A barber pole is visible in the middle distance. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "No 233. / Street Scene -- Tompkinsville '86". The mount has tape binding along one edge, suggesting it may have been part of an album.
(Keywords: Hospital, New York)
Print size 4 x 6.625
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Exhibit Label Heading Arietta and Griffin Streets
(now Bay Street and Victory Boulevard)
Tompkinsville, Staten Island
Exhibit Label Text When taking this photograph, Almstaedt would have been standing across the street from his own home and studio, looking across what is now Victory Boulevard down what is now Bay Street, toward Stapleton.
Exhibit Label Text The taller buildings are still there today (as of 2012), near present-day Tompkins Park. Details of the scene include a group of children outside Malloy's Market and Druggist at center, the shop of J. Cuneen (listed as a plumber in local directories), and a man looking out a window above the bank at right. To the left of the tall telegraph pole is a shorter, striped pole which may signify a barbershop. Just behind that, a sign announces an establishment serving Rubsam & Horrmann's Lager.
Earliest Date 1886
Latest Date 1886
Subjects Streets
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0036.A
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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