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Title [Reese B. Cole Sr.]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1930s
Collection Cole Family
Description Original B&W print (now sepia tone). Photo of Reese B. Cole Sr. He stands on a street alongside a truck; he wears a coat and holds a hat in his right hand, and looks directly at the camera. The truck has an inscription on the side: "Tompkins / DEPARTMENT STORE". Another inscription is partially visible behind him: "F.W. TOM[PKINS] CO. INC. / WEST NE[W BRIGHTON] S.I." Handwritten inscription on reverse, probably from donor: "Dad / (Worked / @ / Tompkins / Store)".
(Keywords: West New Brighton, New York, Twentieth Century)
Print size 5.750 x 3.5
Acquisition Gift of Reese Cole
Ownership and History Reese Brantingham Cole Sr. was born June 16, 1892. He had worked at Gregg's hardware store prior to his employment at Tompkins Department Store, where he was a buyer for housewares and also in charge of sales for that department. He worked at Tompkins Department Store into the 1940s. Mr. Cole lived at 663 Delafield Avenue in West New Brighton, Staten Island. He had fought in World War I, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, for whom he played bass drum in the marching band. He died on July 24, 1955.

Frank W. Tompkins (1860-1938) was the founder of Tompkins Department Store in West New Brighton. It began as a small shop in the 1870s and grew to be one of Staten Island's major retail establishments.
Earliest Date 1930
Latest Date 1940
Subjects Department stores
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Tompkins, Frank W.
Cole, Reese B., Sr.
Catalog Number 00.013
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2014.
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