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Title [Charles Blieffert with his parents and unknown relatives, Coney Island]
Collection Charles (Karl) Blieffert photograph album
Photographer Unknown
Image ID 2015.010.2.1
Date 1905 ca.
Description Charles (foreground in hat) is pictured with his parents, Charles and Helene (back right), and two unknown relatives, in Coney Island.

Tintype studios were big business in Coney Island in the late 19th century through the early 20th century, and many trips to the beach included a souvenir photograph. The studios were either set up in tents or in storefronts. Some included elaborate backdrops and props. In this photograph, you can see a bit of the backdrop hanging from the ceiling beams. It's likely that this photograph was taken during a family outing to the beach, and the photograph was taken home as souvenir.

The collection comprises one photograph album dating from 1908 to 1917 that includes 249 black and white photographs of young friends of Charles Blieffert in the Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, and Brighton Beach neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The collection also includes four tintypes of Charles with his family at various locations in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Place Names Brighton Beach (New York, N.Y.)
Broooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
Subject Headings Beaches
Social life & customs
Clothing & dress
Personal and Corporate Names Blieffert, Charles, 1891-1984
Frappier, Mark