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Title [Edmund N. Crocheron's store]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1880s-1890s
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print. Exterior view of a small 1 1/2-story building with a one-story addition at left. The building at right has large windows on each side of a recessed doorway. There is a sign above the door: "[E.] N. CROCHERON." A printed sign hangs in the window at right: "J. M. THORBURN & CO.'S / NEW Y[OR?]K / FRESH GARDEN SEEDS / FOR SALE HERE." A sign is in the window at left: "[T]IMOTHY SEED / [F]OR SALE / HERE". Two women and two children stand near the entrance. Three vertical posts, possibly hitching posts, stand alongside what appears to be a wooden sidewalk in front of the store,with an unpaved street in the foreground. There is a streetlight at far left. Handwritten inscription on reverse, probably added by a previous cataloger: "EDDIE CROCHERON'S STORE / RICHMOND."
(Keywords: HRT, New York)
Print size 4.25 x 6
Acquisition Gift of Helen Crocheron Brown
Ownership and History This store, owned by Edmund Nicholas Crocheron (1856-1912), was located on Arthur Kill Road in Richmond, Staten Island. Known as "Eddie's Store," it was opened in 1877 as a cigar and tobacco store, and some years later Mr. Crocheron added another room, which he stocked with hardware. After Mr. Crocheron completed a correspondence course in pharmacy, he made his business into a drugstore.

Local resident Katherine Seaman reminisced about "Eddie's Store" in an article she wrote in 1938: "Everyone went to Eddie's, even if he didn't need anything, just for a friendly chat; and as there were not enough chairs to go round, some of the callers leaned upon the glass cases, which was unsafe, as glass was not shatter-proof at that time. So Eddie had pasted on the favorite leaning-case a picture of a very fierce undershot bulldog with the words 'Don't lean on Me'..."
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1900
Subjects Storefronts
Stores & shops
Children & adults
Street lights
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Crocheron, Edmund Nicholas
Catalog Number 51.007.0003
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2016.
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.