|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. View of a house in the process of being moved; the house is lifted up off the ground and is supported on large wooden blocks. Men, presumably workers, stand in various locations, all looking toward the camera: two stand in the foreground, 3 stand inside different windows, one stands in the doorway, and others stand in front of the building. Several of the men hold tools. Three people (they appear to be children) look out from one of the top floor windows. The men standing in foreground are in a ditch, with a pile of bricks on the ground. Two other buildings are partially visible at left and right. Handwritten inscription in pen on reverse of mount: "Seidel House / Canal St Stapleton / next to Bakers school." Second inscription on reverse, in pencil: "Heineman".
(Keywords: New York)
|Print size||7 x 8.875|
|Ownership and History||
House movers in the 1800s used horses, ropes, rollers, capstans, and block and tackle to move structures. The George Heineman House Moving Company of Stapleton, Staten Island, advertised their services as early as 1868, and remained in business through 1929. George Heineman (ca. 1860-1931) resided in Stapleton with his wife Mary and their two children. His son George worked with him in his house-moving business.
The inscription on the mount for this photo identifies this as the "Seidel house" on Canal Street in Stapleton. There were several people residing in Stapleton with the last name Seidel, so is uncertain who owned this house. It may have belonged to Theodore Seidel, a carpenter, or perhaps it was the home of Charles and Marie Seidel. Charles was a machinist, and Marie operated a dry goods business.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
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