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Guide to the Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides V1988.012

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

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Collection processed by Weatherly Stephan

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dreschmeyer, Otto
Title: Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides
Dates [inclusive]: 1965-1968
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet in one manuscript box.
Graphic materials [Box]: Slides: V1988.001 Box 1 of 1; V1988.012 Box 1 of 1
Call Phrase: V1988.012
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical note

Otto C. Dreschmeyer (1896-1983) was a lifetime resident at 2014 Stanhope Street in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens (1)(2); Ridgewood was formerly part of Brooklyn until 1977. Otto C.Dreschmeyer was never married, and had a sister named Ella (1899-1980)whom also lived at the family's residence. Ella was briefly married to Arthur Piens, who died in 1942, thus her name was changed to Ella Piens (3). Dreschmeyer's father's name was Otto as well, his mother was Theresa (nee Schrader), and they were both immigrants from Germany (4). There is very little known about Otto C. Dreschmeyer's life other than a tragic car accident that he caused in 1936, reported on in the New York Times (5). There is also a draft card registration for Dreschmeyer from 1942 (6). Dreschmeyer took these photographs in his later years, and it is unknown as to why he photographed.


  1. Bureau of the Census. 1920 United States Census. FamilySearch: entry for Otto C. Dreschmeyer. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of the Census, 1920. (accessed 18 November 2011).
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration. United States Social Security Death Index. FamilySearch: entry for Otto C. Dreschmeyer. (accessed 18 November 2011).
  3. Obituary, "Arthur Piens," The New York Times, 3 October 1942. entry for Ella Piens. (accessed 18 November 2011).
  4. Bureau of the Census. 1930 United States Census. FamilySearch: entry for Otto Dreschmeyer. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of the Census, 1930. (accessed 18 November 2011).
  5. "One Killed, 6 Hurt in Queens," The New York Times, 28 September 1936. entry for Otto Dreschmeyer. (accessed 18 November 2011).
  6. National Archives and Records Administration. United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. FamilySearch: entry for Otto C. Dreschmeyer. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1942. (accessed 18 November 2011).

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Scope and Contents note

The Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides date from 1965 to 1968 and contain 157 items. The collection is composed entirely of color slides taken by Dreschmeyer in Brooklyn, likely using a Hasselblad camera. Slides dated 1965 document the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day parade. Parade images center around Grand Army Plaza, showing the crowds near the Brooklyn Public Library main branch and Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch, along with parade marchers on Eastern Parkway. Several slides show the John F. Kennedy Memorial at Grand Army Plaza around the time of its unveiling. Slides of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are also included.

Later images in the collection feature docks and beach scenes from Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island in Brooklyn, and Rockaway Point in Queens. Coney Island scenes document the boardwalk and associated attractions such as the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, and Parachute Jump. Views of Coney Island from the ocean, as well as night views and fireworks displays are also included. Lastly, the collection contains views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor from Brooklyn, including the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, South Ferry in Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Color slides
  • Photographs
  • Slides (photographs)

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • Brooklyn Public Library.
  • Staten Island Ferry.

Subject Topics

  • Beaches -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Docks -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Ferries -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Fireworks -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Parades -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Recreation -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Eastern Parkway (New York, N.Y.)
  • Grand Army Plaza (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.)
  • Rockaway Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sheepshead Bay (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

Based on the date of the creator's death, all items in this collection will enter the public domain by 2103. For information on securing rights to publish or reproduce, please see the Brooklyn Historical Society Reproduction Rights Policy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides, V1988.012, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Other Finding Aids note

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, 1987.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

Photograph Records

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the online image database

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