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Title Wann's Glenn, Toedt
Object Name Stereoview
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1878-1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W stereoview photograph on cardboard mount; the mount is orange on the front and pink on the reverse. View of a landscape with many trees and a low hill at right; in the center is a rustic wooden bridge, above a circular path. A man stands on the bridge. There is a bench below the bridge, and a fence in the distance. Below the photo is an inscription printed on a small piece of paper and glued to the mount: "Wann's Glenn, Toedt". The paper appears to cover a handwritten inscription; just the end of a word is visible: "[-]ll."Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "Staten Island Gems, / I. ALMSTAEDT, PHOTOGRAPHER, / TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I. / Duplicates can always be had."
(Keywords: Todt Hill, New York)
Print size 4 x 6.625
Ownership and History Sam and Jane Wann, originally from Ireland, had a large piece of property on Four Corners Road in Staten Island. They called their estate "Homeland."

Anna Matilda Whistler (known for her famous portrait as 'Whistler's Mother') visited the Wanns on Staten Island during the 1860s. During her stay, in a letter to Jane Wann's brother, she wrote, 'Yesterday afternoon your sister & I walked all around the gardens. How much I saw to admire in the extended enclosure & improvements on the grounds. We went of course to see the rabbits & poultry & thro the Conservatory. But I enjoyed most our resting on the rustic bench facing the Sea, overlooking the dell, where I listened with tender interest to her recital of the closing mercies of your beloved Mothers term.'

Jane Wann died in 1875, and by 1880 a Staten Island census listed Samuel Wann as living with a housekeeper, coachman, and servant. When Sam died in 1905, his obituary in the New York Times described him as "for many years a well-known resident of Staten Island, where he maintained an extensive place on Todt Hill." Sam and Jane Wann are buried in the Moravian Cemetery, not far from where this photograph was taken.
Earliest Date 1878
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Landscape photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Wann, Samuel
Catalog Number 49.014.0004
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2015.
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.