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Title [Cast of "All the Comforts of Home"]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date February 28, 1905
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on black cardboard mount. Group portrait of the cast of a theatrical production. There are 11 men and 5 women posed in front of a painted backdrop of an ornate room interior. The man seated in the center of the group has a dog on his lap. Handwritten inscription in pencil on reverse (the top line is partially cut off and not legible): ' All the Comforts / of Home ' / Produced at German Club Ro[oms] / Feby 28th, 1905 / By the Criterion Dramatic / [last line is cut off]."
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 6.125 x 8.250
Acquisition Gift of Alice H. Erskine
Ownership and History Stapleton was the center of Staten Island's German community, and for decades the German Club Rooms, located at Van Duzer and Prospect streets, was home to a wide variety of performances and social events. Among the performers was the Criterion Dramatic Club, seen here in costume for the play "All the Comforts of Home." The Richmond County Advance newspaper reported that the club presented the play twice during February 1905 at the German Club Rooms, once as a benefit for the Hebrew Benevolent Society and a second time as a benefit for the Staten Island Diet Kitchen.

This photograph was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1966 by Alice H. Erskine. Her mother, Sarah Erskine, was an actress who performed with the Criterion Dramatic Club.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Theatrical productions
Stage props
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 66.004.0003
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2017.
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.