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Title [Foreign Trade Zone]
Object Name Negative, Film
Photographer Flamm, Herbert A.
Date September 11, 1953
Collection Herbert A. Flamm Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W film negative. View of a U.S. Mail truck stopped at an entrance to the Foreign Trade Zone in Stapleton. Sign above the entrance: "FOREIGN TRADE ZONE No. 1". Two men in police or guard uniforms stand at right.
(Keywords: Free Port, New York City, Twentieth Century)
Film Size 8 X 10
Acquisition Gift of Herbert A. Flamm
Ownership and History Photographer Herbert A. Flamm (1905-1980) was a lifelong Staten Island resident and an active community leader as well as a prolific commercial photographer. He was part-owner of Weitzman's Photo Shop in Stapleton.

Stapleton, Staten Island was the site of the first Foreign Trade Zone in the United States, also known as the Free Port. It was in operation from 1937 until 1942, when the Stapleton piers were taken over for government use, and then resumed for some years after the end of World War II in 1945.
Earliest Date 1953
Latest Date 1953
Subjects Piers & wharves
Waterfronts
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 79.022.3125
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2015.
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