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Title [H.S. Brower hardware store]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Bolter Bros.
Date 1918
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Front view of a one-story building with attic and porch, identified as Brower's hardware store on Amboy Road in Great Kills, Staten Island. A woman and two young men stand in front of store; one of the men leans against a gasoline pump. A small child stands at right. Inscriptions on the store's windows: "H. S. BROWER / SANITARY PLUMBING & GAS FITTI[NG] / STEAM & HOT WATER HEATING" and "H. S. BROWER / ROOFING TIN & [S]HEET IRON WORK / STOVES, RAN[GES]". The number "3987" is visible over the door. The gasoline pump has a circular logo with inscription: "SO / [inside shield shape] SOCONY / MOTOR / GASOLINE". Handwritten inscriptions on reverse: "1918" and "MRS. H.S. BROWER / WES BROWER / JOHN BOHMAN . TOMMY FOREILLI". Stamped inscription on reverse: "BOLTER BROS. / PHOTOGRAPHERS / 9313--3rd AVENUE, / Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y. / Branch 407 Courtland St., BALTO., MD."
(Keywords: New York City)
Print size 6.125 x 8
Acquisition Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Britten Hillyer
Ownership and History Herbert S. Brower (1863-1937) was listed with the occupation of tinsmith in the 1880 census. By 1915 his occupation was master plumber. His store, located at 3987 Amboy Road in Great Kills, began as a hardware store and grew over the years to include a variety of merchandise. A 1930 publication described it as "one hundred feet long and nearly forty feet wide, finely proportioned and containing a complete line of hardware and house furnishings of every description."

See photo 79.022.1698 for a view of Brower's Hardware Store as it appeared in 1952.
Earliest Date 1918
Latest Date 1918
Subjects Stores & shops
Gasoline pumps
Hardware stores
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Brower, Herbert S.
Catalog Number PH01.1104
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 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.