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Title [Walch's Bathing Pavilion, South Beach, Staten Island]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Bear, George
Date ca. 1900-1910
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on brown cardboard mount. View of a two-story building with a wide porch; the building fronts on the boardwalk at South Beach, Staten Island, with the water in the foreground. Sign on an arch between two of the porch's columns: "WALCH'S." Sign above an entrance at right: "BATHING PAVILION." There are numerous men and women in the water, on the beach, and on the porch. A policeman stands on the boardwalk, looking out toward the water. In the foreground at right is a man in a small pontoon boat; inscription on one pontoon: "LIFEBOAT WALCH'S." The photographer's inscription is in the lower right corner: "BEAR." There are two handwritten inscriptions at the bottom: "South Beach" and "1886" [the 1886 inscription has been crossed out].
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 7.5 x 9.5
Acquisition Gift of George Bear
Ownership and History Like nearby Coney Island, the popular resort area at Staten Island's South Beach drew crowds of middle-class vacationers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Popular amenities included hotels, restaurants, amusement rides, beer gardens, bathing pavilions, and theaters.

Photographer George Bear (1856-1945) opened his studio on Beach Street in Stapleton, Staten Island, around 1881. He had apprenticed as a photographer in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1870s. Bear's clients were drawn primarily from the German-American community of Stapleton and frequently included factory workers, laborers, and tradesmen.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Beaches
Lifeboats
Bathing suits
Bathhouses
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 39.007.0016
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2017.
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.