|Object Name||Card, Trade|
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.
Stores & shops
Clothing & dress
|Lexicon Sub-category||Advertising Medium|
Tompkins, Frank W.
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