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Object Name Uniform
Alternate Name Vest
Date mid 20th century
Description Man's uniform vest (waistcoat) of the Staten Island Rapid Transit. Made of dark blue wool with a cotton lining. Four front pockets and six buttons down front closure. Buttons are brass-colored and are embossed with entwined letters "SIRT." Buttons are marked on reverse: "SUPERIOR / QUALITY." Vest back has attached belt with metal buckle. Buckle has marks: "G.R.O." and "U.S.A." Cotton lining. Vest is part of uniform with jacket and cap (catalog numbers C01.4880 and C01.4882).
(Keywords: Fashion, Twentieth Century, Occupational Clothing, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Arthur DeWaters
Ownership and History This uniform was likely worn by Staten Island residents John W. DeWaters (born in 1884) or his son Arthur L. DeWaters (born ca. 1909). Both men worked for the B&O Railroad. Arthur DeWaters donated the uniform to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1975.

The Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway Company was owned by the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad from 1899 to 1971.
Earliest Date 1899
Latest Date 1971
Subjects Railroad employees
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People DeWaters, Arthur
DeWaters, John
Catalog Number C01.4881
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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