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Title Goethals Bridge. Gulfport, Staten Island, N.Y.
Object Name Postcard
Studio or Publisher Weitzman's Photo Shop, Inc. [publisher]
Date ca. 1930-1950
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original color postcard. View of a bridge as seen across a grassy open area. A railroad bridge, an oil storage tank, and smokestacks are in the distance. Printed inscription in upper left corner: "GOETHALS BRIDGE. GULFPORT, STATEN ISLAND. N.Y." Number printed in upper right corner: "23". Printed on reverse:"15039 / PUB. BY WEITZMAN'S PHOTO SHOP, INC., STAPLETON, S.I., N.Y. / ' COLOURPICTURE ', CAMBRIDGE, MASS., U.S.A. SALES OFFICE - FIFTH AVE., N.Y.C."
(Keywords: Howland Hook, New York City, Twentieth Century)
Print size 3.5 x 5.5
Acquisition Gift of Mary Jane Walsh
Ownership and History The Goethals Bridge opened in 1928, connecting Staten Island with Elizabeth, New Jersey. Gulfport was the name for a site in Bloomfield, Staten Island, that was purchased by the Gulf Refining Company in 1928 and used for the storage and distribution of petroleum products.

The Arthur Kill railroad swing bridge seen in the distance, behind the Goethals Bridge, was built in the 1880s. In 1959 it was replaced by a vertical lift bridge.

This type of card is sometimes referred to as a linen postcard. The photomechanical print in bright colors is printed on textured cardstock that gives a linen-like appearance to the front of the card.
Earliest Date 1930
Latest Date 1950
Subjects Bridges
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 09.009.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2015.
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.