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Title View from Linoleumville
Object Name Stereoview
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1878-1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W stereoview on cardboard mount; the mount is orange on the front and pink on the reverse. View of three men in a landscape, with a tree in bloom in the foreground. The men are posed around a flat railroad cart on tracks; the cart holds two large fabric bags. Handwritten inscription in ink along bottom (possibly written by the photographer): "View from Linoleumville". Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "STATEN ISLAND GEMS. / I. ALMSTAEDT, / Landscape Photographer. / Publisher of Photographs of Staten Island Scenery. / TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I. / A large stock of Staten Island Views constantly on hand. Large sizes, Stereo- / scopic and Cards."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 4 x 6.750
Ownership and History The men at the rail cart are probably workers at the American Linoleum Manufacturing Company plant. The factory buildings were probably just behind the photographer, and the water is one of two reservoirs on the site. The location was near the tip of Richmond Turnpike (now Victory Boulevard), in the area now known as Travis. Working at the site of one of the island's largest early factories, Almstaedt nonetheless chose to create a pastoral genre scene.

Linoleum, a durable and relatively inexpensive floor covering, was developed and patented in England in the mid-1860s. It soon found favor with American consumers, and in 1873 the American Linoleum Manufacturing Company was formed. The company purchased a 300-acre tract in the area of Staten Island now known as Travis. By early 1874 they had created a new industrial village, Linoleumville, which boasted workers' housing in addition to a factory.
Earliest Date 1878
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Landscape photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 49.014.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, October 2015.
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