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Title View from Stapleton Heights
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W photo on gray cardboard mount. View of an open field in the foreground, with a town and the waterfront in the distance. Six boys are in the foreground, gathered around a boulder. One boy stands on the boulder and two lean against it; one boy is seated in a small cart being pulled by another boy; and one boy is lying on the ground, resting his face in his hands. They all look toward the camera. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "No 215 / View from Stapleton Heights". The mount has tape binding along one edge, suggesting it may have been part of an album.
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 4 x 6.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Exhibit Label Heading View from Stapleton Heights
Staten Island
ca. 1885
Exhibit Label Text A group of children faces the camera in this posed scene. A slight blurring shows that the boy in the cart moved while the photograph was being taken.
Exhibit Label Text The setting is Grymes Hill, near the present-day site of Wagner College, looking down toward the waterfront towns of (from left to right) Stapleton, Clifton, and Rosebank. St. John's Episcopal Church is at the right and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church is a bit to the left of it. The closest point to Brooklyn (across the water near the center of the image) is where the Verrazano Bridge now connects to a point on Staten Island near the far right edge of this view.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Cities & towns
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0029.A
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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