Square linoleum tile. Dark brown, with carved geometric design; burlap backing on reverse. Made by American Linoleum Manufacturing Co., Linoleumville (Travis), Staten Island, with hand-carved decorative work by Geza Nagyvathy.
(Keywords: New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Rudolph Zoltan Nagyvathy|
|Ownership and History||
The American Linoleum Manufacturing Company was established in the 1870s in an area that came to be called Linoleumville and is now known as Travis, Staten Island. The company was a pioneer in the development of manufacturing methods and new linoleum products. At its height of operations between 1905 and the late 1920s, the factory employed 700 men and women and produced 90,000 square yards of linoleum per week.
The hand-carved decoration on this tile was produced by Geza Nagyvathy (1866-1951). Nagyvathy was born in Hungary under the Austrian Empire. He held a position as designer and patternmaker at the Staten Island factory until it closed in 1931.
|Maker||American Linoleum Manufacturing Company|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Building Component|
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