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Title Thompson's Stadium 1895
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Bear, George
Date 1895
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on gray cardboard mount. View of a baseball game at Thompson's Stadium in Stapleton, Staten Island. The stands are filled with spectators; more spectators watch the game from the hill behind the stadium. There are houses at the top of the hill. Advertising signs in the stadium includes Tompkins the Clothier and Ostwald & Tichenor. In the foreground, a man stands with his back to the camera, and five boys are seated near him on the grass. Handwritten inscription in upper left corner: "THOMPSON'S STADIUM / 1895". The photographer's signature is in the lower right corner: "BEAR".
(Keywords: Thompson Stadium, New York)
Print size 6.875 x 9.75
Acquisition Gift of George Bear
Ownership and History Thompson's Athletic Stadium was for many years the site of a variety of sports competitions, including football, baseball, and boxing.

Photographer George Bear (1856-1945) opened his studio on Beach Street in Stapleton, Staten Island, around 1881. He had apprenticed as a photographer in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1870s. Bear's clients were drawn primarily from the German-American community of Stapleton and frequently included factory workers, laborers, and tradesmen.
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Sports
Sports & recreation facilities
Baseball
Baseball players
Stadiums
Athletic fields
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 39.007.0009
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 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.