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Title [Monroe Avenue and Victory Boulevard]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Griffith, C.D.
Date 1903
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on gray cardboard mount. View of an unpaved street that curves to the left in the distance; trolley tracks run along the left side of the street. The street is lined with two- and three-story buildings. A three-story brick building at left has several signs on the side: "M. PRESSMAN / CABINET / MAKER / Upholsterer, / FURNITURE & BEDDING"; "GET OFF HERE / EGBERT THE HATTER / MENS GOODS. / 48 ARRIETTA STREET / ONE BLOCK BELOW."; "WISSNER Piano / 264 BAY ST. STAPLETON"; and "THIS IS / M. SHAGRIN'S / TAILORING ESTABLISHMENT / LADIES AND GENTS / LADIES TAILOR MADE SUITS A SPECIALTY / Cleaning and Repairing Neatly Done". Three men stand in the street at left, possibly workmen. A boy and two girls stand on the sidewalk in the middle distance; a horse-drawn carriage is at right. Signs on the other buildings include "DEPOT / FOR / HORTON'S / ICE CREAM / AND / WATER ICES" and "MONROE ECKSTEIN BREWING COMPANY EXTRA LAGER BEER". There are several utility poles along the street. Typed label on mount below photo: "MONROE AVENUE AND / VICTORY BLVD., TOMPK. / 1903". Stamped mark on mount below photo: "C.D. GRIFFITH / WEST NEW BRIGHTON, / STATEN ISLAND".
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century, Tompkinsville, Victory Boulevard)
Print size 7.875 X 9.875
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History The village of Tompkinsville was developed by noted Staten Island resident Daniel D. Tompkins, who served as Vice President of the U.S. under James Monroe. The street seen in this photo, known today as Victory Boulevard, was established by Tompkins in 1816 as Richmond Turnpike, a toll road that was promoted in its early years as the fastest route between New York City and Philadelphia. The name was changed to Victory Boulevard after World War I.
Earliest Date 1903
Latest Date 1903
Subjects Streets
Street railroads
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Egbert, George Livingston
Catalog Number PH01.0116
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.