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Title [Parlor at Erastus Wiman home]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1885
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on black cardboard mount with red edges. Interior view of a parlor at Tantallon, the home of Erastus Wiman on St. Mark's Place in St. George, Staten Island. There is a fireplace at right with a deep mantel supported by two columns, and a large mirror above. A gas chandelier hangs in the center of the room. Furnishings include a table against the wall; a small side table with feet carved in the shape of fish or serpent heads; 2 upholstered chairs; a rocking chair; and a desk. A peacock figure with real peacock tail feathers stands on the floor in front of the fireplace, with andirons on either side. A framed painting of a woman hangs on the wall above the table. The reverse side of the mount has an adhered handwritten label: "Property of / Maude G. Walker / 796 Todt Hill Road / S.I.-4, N.Y. / (Tantallan) [sic]".
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 7.250 x 9.750
Ownership and History Erastus Wiman (1834-1904) was a Staten Island developer, promoter, and businessman. Among his notable accomplishments, he consolidated the Island's transportation network; initiated central electric power, telegraph, and telephone service; and constructed the first railroad bridge connecting Staten Island to New Jersey.

Maude G. Walker, whose name appears in the inscription on the reverse of the photo, was a granddaughter of Erastus Wiman.
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Houses
Interiors
Fireplaces
Chandeliers
Parlors
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Wiman, Erastus
Catalog Number PH01.1310
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, October 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.