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Title [Scenic Railway, Midland Beach]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Studio or Publisher Grimshaw, William J. [publisher]
Date ca. 1905-1915
Collection Albertype Company Collection
Description B&W print made from original negative. View of a beach and boardwalk, taken from an elevated vantage point. At left is a large two-story building with a cupola and a sign "[S]CENIC RAILWAY." An American flag flies alongside the building. In front of the building is a sidewalk and a wide boardwalk, with numerous men, women, and children walking. To the right is the beach, which is crowded with people. A number of men and women are seated in benches along the edge of the boardwalk, looking out over the beach. The ocean is at right. Printed inscription in lower left: "PUBL. BY / W.J. GRIMSHAW".
(Keywords: Scenic Railway)
Print size 4 x 6.125
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History Like nearby Coney Island, the popular resort areas at Staten Island's Midland Beach and South Beach drew crowds of middle-class vacationers. Many of the amusement halls and hotels of these resorts were destroyed by fires in the early 20th century.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Beaches
Amusement parks
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number PH01.0119
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2013.
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.