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Title [Olin M. Barber store]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Studio or Publisher Long & Heppner
Date ca. 1885-1890
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. Diagonal front and side view of the Olin M. Barber grocery store in Port Richmond, Staten Island. It is a two-story clapboard building, with an adjoining three-story building at right. The two-story building has two large display windows on the first floor. A sign hangs on the second-floor balcony above the doorway: "OLIN M. BARBER." Three men, a woman, a boy, and a girl stand in or near the doorway; two men, two boys, and a girl stand on the sidewalk at the corner of the building. A horse-drawn wagon is alongside the building at left. Another horse-drawn wagon is stopped in front of the building at right; a boy sits in the front of the wagon, and a man stands next to him. Wooden crates are piled in front of the building; there is a streetlamp on the corner. One of the first-floor windows has a display of cans, and the other window has a display of what appears to be hats and hatboxes. Printed inscription on the mount below the photo: "LONG & HEPPNER. Photos. 327 East 34th Street, N.Y."
(Keywords: New York, Nineteenth Century)
Print size 6 x 8.250
Ownership and History Olin M. Barber's store was listed under three categories in the 1886 Staten Island business directory: Dry Goods, Grocers, and Fruits and Vegetables. His business address was Richmond Avenue at the corner of Church Street in Port Richmond.

The Richmond County Advance of December 27, 1890, made note of a new store being built for Mr. Barber: "O.M. Barber, the Port Richmond Grocer, is having a new store and dwelling erected at the corner of Richmond and Harrison avenues, on ground recently purchased from C.E. Griffith. James Whitford is the builder."

This photograph more likely shows his earlier store, as the display windows appear to show both groceries and dry goods. By the 1890s he was listed in directories as a grocer only.

Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Subjects Storefronts
Stores & shops
Carriages & coaches
Grocery stores
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Barber, Olin M.
Catalog Number PH01.1280
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.