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Title [Eduard Meurer's store]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1885-1887
Collection Meurer Family Papers
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. Diagonal front and side view of a three-story brick building; at right is an empty lot surrounded by a fence. The building has large plate glass storefront windows on the ground floor and a cornice at the roof line. Two signs identify the building: above the cornice, "PAPER HANGING & UPHOLSTERING"; and above the ground-floor windows, "EDUARD MEURER." There is a large sign painted on the side of the building: "[illegible] LINOLEUM." Samples of papers or textiles are on display in one of the windows; rolls of paper or textiles stand on the sidewalk in front of the window. At right, two men stand in the shop's doorway; they may be Eduard Meurer and his son Eduard C. Another man stands in the doorway at left, with two seated children; another person is at far left. The street and sidewalk are in the foreground; on the sidewalk are a utility pole and a rectangular display board with advertising signs on its two visible sides: "Upholstering / [?] / DECORATING / IN ALL ITS / BRANCHES." and "PAPER- / HANGINGS / CORNICES / Window Shades / AND FIXTURES". A hitching post is next to the display board. At right, a man stands next to a horse-drawn wagon; inscription on the side of the wagon: "EDUARD MEURER, / PAPER-HANGER & UPHOLSTERER / STAPLETON, S. I." Other buildings are in the background at right.
(Keywords: New York)
Print size 7.5 x 8.875
Acquisition Gift of Maria Szabadhegy
Ownership and History Eduard Meurer (1839-1887) operated an interior decorating and furniture business located on the corner of Bay Street and Canal Street in Stapleton, Staten Island. In 1886 his son Eduard C. Meurer joined the business, taking over management of the firm after his father died and running the business until 1921.

The business advertised in The News Letter newspaper on June 5, 1897: "Interior decorating in an artistic manner...call on E. Meurer, Bay Street, Stapleton. A complete line of the very latest shades and patterns of Wall Paper with beautiful designs for borders and center pieces always on hand. Trolley car passes the store. N.B. The Furniture Department is also well stocked and deserves inspection."
Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1887
Subjects Stores & shops
Furniture stores
Interior decoration firms
Carts & wagons
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Meurer, Eduard C.
Meurer, Eduard
Catalog Number 96.038.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 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.