|Title||[Walch's Bathing Pavilion, South Beach, Staten Island]|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
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.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
|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.|