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Title View from Tompkinsville. Winter
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Almstaedt, Isaac
Date ca. 1885
Collection Isaac Almstaedt Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W photo on gray cardboard mount. View of the water and shoreline in winter; there are chunks of ice floating in the water. A long wooden pier extends into the water from the right. Two rowboats are tied under the pier, and there is a sign at the end of the pier: "ICE & MARKETING / FOR SHIPPING / FENDT'S / UNION MARKET". There are numerous buildings along the shoreline; they appear to be a mix of commercial buildings and houses. A building at right has a sign: "SCANDINAVIAN SHIP SMITH & C". The ground is covered with snow. In the distance is a hill with a building on top. Handwritten inscription in pen below the photo (probably the photographer's handwriting): "No 208 / View from Tompkinsville. Winter". The mount has tape binding along one edge, suggesting it may have been part of an album.
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 4 x 6.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Exhibit Label Heading Tompkinsville Waterfront
Staten Island
ca. 1885
Exhibit Label Text Almstaedt evidently braved the cold to create this image of his neighborhood's shoreline. He captured the unusual texture of the frozen bay, while the long line of the pier is echoed in the row of buildings facing the water.
Exhibit Label Text The photograph was taken from the tip of Tompkinsville landing, a large pier near what is now the foot of Victory Boulevard. Buildings along the shoreline (Bay Street) include the Bay View House (far left), Meat Market, Mechanic Hall, and Scandinavian Ship Smith & C. (at right).
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Waterfronts
Piers & wharves
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.019.0025.B
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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