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Title [Watkin W. Jones real estate office]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Bear, George
Date ca. 1890-1910
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. View of the front of a small building between two-story buildings. The building is draped with bunting and has prints of George Washington displayed on the first and second floors. There are three large signs on and in front of the building. From left to right: "WATKIN W. JONES / REAL ESTATE."; "AGENCY / LONDON AND LANCASHIRE FIRE INS. CO. / OF LI[VE]RPOOL ENGLAND."; and "WATKIN W. JONES / REAL ESTATE / AND / INSURANCE". The street in the foreground is unpaved. Stamped inscription on reverse of mount: "GEO. BEAR / STAPLETON, N.Y."
Print size 6 x 8.125
Acquisition Gift of Jacques Noel Jacobsen Jr.
Ownership and History Watkin W. Jones, born in 1843, was a resident of Queens, New York. His real estate and insurance office was located in Far Rockaway, Queens, and ads for his business appear in New York City newspapers in the 1890s and early 1900s.

Photographer George Bear (1856-1945) opened his studio on Beach Street in Stapleton, Staten Island, around 1881. He had apprenticed as a photographer in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1870s. Bear's clients were drawn primarily from the German-American community of Stapleton and frequently included factory workers, laborers, and tradesmen.
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Insurance companies
Real estate business
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Jones, Watkin W.
Bear, George
Catalog Number 87.068.0017
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2012.
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.