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Title View from Rubsam's dock
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 buildings along the waterfront in Stapleton. In the foreground is a wooden dock and a small sailboat. At right there is a large sign that appears to say "TRY TIPPECANOE" (sign is partially obscured). A church is visible on the hillside at far right. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "No 217 / View from Rubsam's Dock." 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 Rubsam's Dock
Stapleton, Staten Island
ca. 1885
Exhibit Label Text Rubsam's R&H Brewery was located on Canal Street in Stapleton. Almstaedt's image of the nearby dock is a carefully composed view with a small boat in the center foreground. Piles of coal and bricks add to the sense of a working waterfront.
Exhibit Label Text The fence in this photograph is painted in large letters that appear to spell "Try Tippecanoe." It may be an advertisement for the popular Tippecanoe tonic (patent medicine) manufactured by H.H. Warner & Company of Rochester, N.Y. Marketed as a safe, vegetable-based blood purifier that would cure just about any ailment, the product in fact consisted largely of alcohol.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Waterfronts
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0030.A
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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