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Title 4 hailstones held in ordinary size hand
Object Name Postcard
Photographer Wincapaw, S.
Date August 30, 1906
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W photograph printed in the form of a postcard. View of a hand holding large hailstones. Inscriptions written into the image above and below the hand: "TOTTENVILLE, S.I.N.Y. PUB. BY, G.A. MOORE AUG. 30/06 / 4 HAILSTONES HELD IN ORDINARY SIZE HAND / FROM STORM OF JUNE 23D 1906. PHOTO BY S. WINCAPAW, P. BAY." Reverse side has printed inscription "POST CARD / THE ADDRESS TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE".
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 3.5 x 5.125
Ownership and History This photograph documents a hailstorm which passed through Tottenville, Staten Island, on June 23, 1906. A description of the storm in the Richmond County Advance newspaper the following week described the damage caused by the hail, including 62 broken panes of glass on a passenger train.

The "S. Wincapaw" in the inscription is most likely Sterling G. Wincapaw (1890-1923), who grew up in Princes Bay, Staten Island. He worked as a ship quartermaster and a navigator, and by 1920 he and his father and brother were operating the Greenwich (CT) Yacht Yard on Long Island Sound.

Sterling Wincapaw died in an unusual aviation accident, as reported in the New York Times on August 7, 1923. He was piloting a seaplane over Lake George, N.Y., when a gust of wind caused a female passenger's skirt to become tangled around the plane's control stick, causing the plane to crash into the water. Mr. Wincapaw was killed and his two passengers were injured.
Earliest Date 1906
Latest Date 1906
Subjects Hail
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Wincapaw, Sterling
Catalog Number PH01.0435
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, November 2015.
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