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Title Kitchen of the camp
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Benedict, Coleman
Date ca. 1900-1910
Collection Coleman Benedict Photograph Collection
Description B&W print, probably made from the original negative. View of a small wooden structure on a beach; the structure is open on three sides and has a stove in use inside. A man and two women stand inside, with another man outside the structure leaning against it; all hold kitchen implements. Several tents are visible in the background. One of the tents has a table in front with dishes on it, and a person seated at the table appears to be eating. Identified on reverse as "Kitchen of the camp".
(Keywords: New York City)
Print size 5 x 7.125
Acquisition Gift of Grace Benedict Hyland
Ownership and History For most of the twentieth century, Cedar Grove Beach, in the town of New Dorp, Staten Island, was filled with small bungalows that served as a summer retreat for some local residents. This photo may show the tent colony that comprised the Cedar Grove Beach Club in the early 1900s, before the bungalows were built.

Coleman Benedict (1874-1932) was an amateur photographer. His profession was jeweler, working in Manhattan with his father and other family members at the Benedict Brothers jewelry and clock business that was founded in 1819 by his grandfather, Samuel Ward Benedict. Coleman Benedict's obituary in the New York Times noted that "he was regarded as a gem expert and an experienced clock maker."

Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Camping
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Benedict, Coleman
Catalog Number 75.040.0017
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2016.
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