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Object Name Card, Trade
Date 1870s-1880s
Description Trade card. Lithograph on paper. Black and white bust portrait of a woman, captioned "ROSELLE." Printed inscription below: "A FULL LINE OF / Men's Youth's and Children's / STRAW GOODS, / AT / TOMPKINS' / WEST BRIGHTON STORE." Printed on reverse: "EXAMINE / PRICE LIST, / before buying elsewhere: / Childrens Straw Hats, 20 cts. up / Boys Straw Hats, 15 cts. up / Mens Straw Hats, 15 cts. up / also, a full and well selected Stock of / MEN'S & YOUTH'S FELT & WOOL / HATS, / at astonishing low Prices. / AT / TOMPKINS' / STORE, / WEST BRIGHTON, / S.I."
(Keywords: Department Store, West New Brighton, New York)
Acquisition From Jacques Noel Jacobsen
Ownership and History The "Roselle" who appears on this card is likely Amy Roselle (1854-1895), a British actress who made her U.S. debut in 1871.

The Tompkins Store was established on Richmond Terrace in West New Brighton in 1877 by Frank W. Tompkins, who was age 17 at the time. The store was listed in the Staten Island directory of 1882 as "Frank W. Tompkins, men's, youth's, and children's clothing and gentlemen's furnishing goods of latest design and styles. No old stock."

In 1896 Mr. Tompkins opened the two-story Tompkins Department Store. He retired in 1921, but he sons continued the business. In 1925 they moved the store to a new location on Castleton Avenue.
Earliest Date 1877
Latest Date 1890
Material Paper
Subjects Advertising
Trade cards
Stores & shops
Clothing & dress
Clothing stores
Department stores
Ephemera
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Associated People Tompkins, Frank W.
Catalog Number 42.011.0011
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2012.
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.