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Title [P. Bessi's Pavilion, South Beach, Staten Island]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1905-1915
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print with fabric backing and a paper tab at left (appears to have been part of an album). View of the beach at South Beach, Staten Island. At left are a one-story and a two-story building; a boardwalk with a gazebo and a covered pavilion extends out onto the beach. Sign on the roof of the gazebo: "P. BESSI'S PAVILION. / LEMBECK & BETZ LAGER BEER." A similar sign is on the pavilion: ""P. BESSI'S PAVILION. / LEMBECK & BETZ EXTRA BEER." There are people on the beach and boardwalk. Handwritten inscription on reverse: "South Beach / Album c 1916."
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century)
Print size 4.625 x 6.625
Acquisition Gift of Edwin Skinner
Ownership and History This is one of a group of photographs donated to the Historical Society in 1952 by Edwin H. Skinner, who for many years was manager of the Staten Island Beach Land Improvement Company in South Beach.

Peter Bessi immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1882, and in 1888 he opened a hotel at South Beach. His obituary in 1928 stated that his hotel "had entertained most of the prominent Italians who have come to New York since 1890."
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Beaches
Bathhouses
Boardwalks
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Skinner, Edwin H.
Bessi, Peter
Catalog Number 52.012.0056
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.