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Title [Haying time at Ravenhurst]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Benedict, Coleman
Date 1907
Collection Coleman Benedict Photograph Collection
Description Modern B&W print, probably made from the original glass-plate negative. View of a horse-drawn hay wagon, with a man standing in front of the horse; another man stands on top of the load of hay with two small children, one of whom is holding what appears to be an American flag. Seven children and a dog are in a row in front of hay wagon. Both of the men and four of the boys hold rakes or other long-handled objects. A house is partially visible in the distance at far left. Identified on reverse as "Haying time at Ravenhurst," 1907.
(Keywords: New York City)
Print size 5 x 7
Acquisition Gift of Grace Benedict Hyland
Ownership and History This photo shows haying activity at "Ravenhurst," the Benedict family's estate on Manor Road in West New Brighton, Staten Island.

Coleman Benedict (1874-1932) was an amateur photographer. His profession was jeweler, working in Manhattan with his father and other family members at the Benedict Brothers jewelry and clock business that was founded in 1819 by his grandfather, Samuel Ward Benedict. Coleman Benedict's obituary in the New York Times noted that "he was regarded as a gem expert and an experienced clock maker."
Earliest Date 1907
Latest Date 1907
Subjects Hay
Children & adults
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Benedict, Coleman
Catalog Number 75.040.0024
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2016.
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