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Guide to the Charles (Karl) Blieffert photograph album 2015.010

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Tess Colwell

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 10, 2015
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator - Compiler: Blieffert, Charles, 1891-1984
Title: Charles (Karl) Blieffert photograph album
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1900-1917
Abstract: The collection comprises one photograph album dating from circa 1900 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.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet in 1 photograph album measuring 6 3/4" x 11 1/4" and in one tintype box.
Graphic materials [Box]: Tintype box 1
Graphic materials [Volume]: Album 1 of 1
Call Phrase: 2015.010

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Biographical note

Charles (Karl) Blieffert was born on May 10, 1891 in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. His mother and father immigrated to the United States from Nuremberg, Germany. The family lived at 18th Avenue near Gravesend Avenue where Charles spent his childhood. He was the only child. While working in a Milwaukee insurance company during the Great Depression, he met his future wife Helene. They married after the death of both of Charles' parents. Charles and his wife spent their summers at a fisherman’s lake cottage in Wisconsin. He died in May of 1984, at age 92. He Americanized his birth name “Karl” to “Charlie” and pronounced his last name “Bly-furt” rather than “Blee-furt.”

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Scope and Contents note

The Charles (Karl) Blieffert family photographs collection, measuring .25 linear feet, includes one personal scrapbook album measuring 6 3/4" x 11 1/4" containing 8 double sided pages of photographs affixed vertically and overlapping down the page and 4 loose tintypes, dating from circa 1900 to 1917. The album includes 249 black and white photographs of young friends of Charles Blieffert in Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, and other unidentified locations in Brooklyn. The photographs show bathing fashion, boat rides, dinner parties, and other social gatherings. Highlights include a shot of the Knickerbocker Field Club (1917), a dead shark being pulled from the water (1916), the Blieffert family home at 18th Avenue near Gravesend Avenue, and a clam bake at Felton’s. Many of the photographs are dated and identified with handwritten information on the verso.The collection also includes four tintypes of Charles with his family at Coney Island.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Blieffert, Charles, 1891-1984
  • Frappier, Mark

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Photograph albums
  • Tintypes (prints)

Subject Topics

  • Bathing suits
  • Beaches -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Dinners and dining
  • Dogs
  • Family life
  • Fishing
  • Fishing boats

Subject Places

  • Brighton Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs |y 20th century
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sheepshead Bay (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright held by the Brooklyn Historical Society. Permission to publish or reproduce must be secured from Brooklyn Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

identification of item, date (if known); Charles (Karl) Blieffert family photographs, 2015.010, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials note

Brooklyn Historical Society also holds other albums relating to Brooklyn, and more specifically, Coney Island. Please consult library staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids note

Item–level description of the tintypes are available for searching via the image database in the library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mr. Mark Frappier, 2006.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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