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Title [Camp at Cedar Grove]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Benedict, Coleman
Date ca. 1900-1910
Collection Coleman Benedict Photograph Collection
Description Modern B&W print, probably made from the original negative. Two men are seated in front of a tent which is on a wooden platform on sand; a bicycle leans against the right front corner of the tent. Other tents are visible at far left and right, and in the background. Identified on reverse as "Camp at Cedar Grove".
(Keywords: New York City)
Print size 5 x 7
Acquisition Gift of Grace Benedict Hyland
Ownership and History For most of the twentieth century, Cedar Grove Beach, in the town of New Dorp, Staten Island, was filled with small bungalows that served as a summer retreat for some local residents. This photo may show the tent colony that comprised the Cedar Grove Beach Club in the early 1900s, before the bungalows were built.

Coleman Benedict (1874-1932) was an amateur photographer. His profession was jeweler, working with his father and other family members at the Benedict Brothers jewelry and clock business that was founded in 1819 by his grandfather, Samuel Ward Benedict. Coleman Benedict's obituary in the New York Times noted that "he was regarded as a gem expert and an experienced clock maker."
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Camping
Camps
Bicycles & tricycles
Tents
Beaches
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Benedict, Coleman
Catalog Number 75.040.0016
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2016.
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