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Object Name Postcard
Date 1908 copyright
Title Sectional View of Tunnel Tubes Under the Narrows
Description Original color postcard. Upper half has a photo of the skyline of lower Manhattan. The lower half has three illustrations of tunnels. Printed inscription at top: "Sky Line of Lower New York / PHOTO ONLY COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY A. LOEFFLER, N.Y. / DESIGN COPYRIGHT 1908, BY CITIZENS TUNNEL COM. / OF STATEN ISLAND, N.Y." Inscription in center and lower half: "SECTIONAL VIEW OF TUNNEL TUBES UNDER THE NARROWS AS PER PLAN OF CHIEF / ENGINEER SEAMAN OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION FOR THE FIRST DISTRICT / In the near future similar tunnels to connect Port Richmond with / Bayonne and St. George with Manhattan will be built, plans for / which are under consideration. / Under Kill Von Kull to New Jersey in 1 minute. / Under the Bay to Manhattan in 7 minutes. / Under the Narrows to Brooklyn in 2 minutes. / ALL FROM STATEN ISLAND TO NEW YORK DIRECT/ Issued by / the / Citizens / Tunnel / Committee / of Staten / Island / HEADQUARTERS, ROSEBANK, S.I." Printed in lower right corner, next to the largest of the tunnel illustrations: "ENLARGED / To see other end / make pin hole / in centre". Reverse side has printed inscription "Post Card" at top; printed inscription in tiny print at bottom left: "P.S. We have one hundred good reasons why / Staten Island as a place of residence excells all others"
(Keywords: New York City, Early Twentieth Century, Kill Van Kull)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Various tunnels have been envisioned as ways to connect Staten Island with neighboring land masses, but none has ever been completed. This postcard seems to include an optical illusion that would be created by puncturing the image with a pin.
Earliest Date 1908
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Tunnels
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 96.034.0100
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, October 2015.
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.