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Title Bay Street - Stapleton
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 an unpaved street with commercial buildings on each side; the street is seen from an elevated vantage point. The building at far left has a sign out front: "W.H. MILLER / ICE CREAM & CONFECTIONERY." The building at far right also has a sign out front: "PRINTING & STATIONERY". Several men stand on the sidewalks. More buildings are visible on the hills in the background. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo, possibly the photographer's handwriting: "Bay Street - Stapleton." Printed inscription on reverse of mount: "STATEN ISLAND GEMS. / I. ALMSTAEDT, / Landscape Photographer. / Publisher of Photographs of Staten Island Scenery. / TOMPKINSVILLE, S.I. / A large stock of Staten Island Views constantly on hand. Large sizes, Stereo- / scopic and Cards."
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 4.125 x 6.625
Ownership and History Photographer Isaac Almstaedt likely stood on the roof of a building to get this view of shops on Bay Street in Stapleton, Staten Island. Broad Street comes in from the left, intersecting Bay Street near the center of the image.

The buildings at left on Bay Street still stand. On the hill at far left is Bay House, one of the island's earliest hotels and a meeting place for Stapleton's first civic leaders. The printing shop in the foreground is possibly the office of John Bale, postmaster of Stapleton and Publisher of the Richmond County Gazette. Bale collected stereoview photographs dating as early as 1876, and by his death in the 1880s he owned sixty Almstaedt views, which are now in the collection of the Staten Island Museum.
Earliest Date 1878
Latest Date 1885
Subjects Stereographs
Stationery trade
Ice cream & ices
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 49.014.0006
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.