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Title O'Connor's blacksmith shop, interior large
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date November 18, 1896
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Interior view of a blacksmith's shop with three men working. There are two forges, both attached to large bellows. The man at left works at an anvil with tongs and hammer to form a horseshoe. There are two piles of horseshoes on the floor. Two bare light bulbs hang from wires overhead. A chalk inscription is visible on the side of the wooden crate that holds the anvil at left: "Mr. O Conner." Identified in the envelope inscription as O'Connor's blacksmith shop in Rosebank, Staten Island.
(Keywords: New York)
Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Michael O'Connor, blacksmith and horse-shoer, is listed in the 1895-1896 Staten Island directory with a business address of 29 Griffin Street (today part of Bay Street) in Tompkinsville. Photographer Alice Austen took a series of photos of the interior and exterior of Mr. O'Connor's shop on November 16 and 18, 1896.
Earliest Date 1896
Latest Date 1896
Subjects Blacksmithing
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.6490
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2013.
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