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Title [Hooper Blacksmith Shop]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1890
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print; photo appears to be on an original cardboard mount, attached to a later off-white cardboard mount. Diagonal view of the front and side of a wooden building with two horse-drawn vehicles and six men in front. The building has a two-story center section with gables on the sides of the building, and a one-story section at each end with the roof slanted down to the side. Large open double doors have a sign mounted above, partly visible behind a wooden framework outside the door: "HO[R or P ...]". The large horse-drawn vehicle at left appears to have curtains rolled up at its sides, with inscription above: "TO RICHMOND"; a young man stands with his foot on the step, and another man holds one of the two horses. A third man leans against the smaller two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle at right; a boy is seated in the vehicle, and two men stand behind it. Inscription on reverse of mount: "Old Richmond Blacksmith Shop / Alexander & Tolman 178 Tenth Ave, N.Y. / Gift of Mrs James Little of Tottenville / Holding horse of stagecoach Elliot driver / Blacksmith Hooper". Other inscriptions identify the building as the Hooper Blacksmith Shop, 1890.
(Keywords: HRT, New York)
Print size 7.5 x 9.625
Ownership and History This photograph provides valuable evidence of the forms of transportation that were available in Richmond, Staten Island. The stage wagon with a curtained canopy probably provided public transportation to and from the closest station of the Staten Island Railroad.
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Blacksmiths
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Hooper, William Westly
Catalog Number PH01.1244
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2016.
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.