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Guide to the Photographs of Anchor Laundry in Park Slope V1992.009

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 28, 2011
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Descriptive Summary

Creator - Annotator: Rath, Frederick L.
Title: Photographs of Anchor Laundry in Park Slope
Dates: Circa 1925 to 1935
Quantity: 0.03 Linear feet 10 items housed in one folder.
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by Accession 78
Call Phrase: V1992.009
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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Historical note

Anchor Laundry was located on Prospect Avenue, (near Prospect Park West), in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. The company was owned by Frederick L. Rath, Sr. and John Siemann. In 1899, the company was located on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. By the early 1920s, Anchor Laundry had built its two-story plant on Prospect Avenue and had over 80 employees and a fleet of delivery trucks.

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Scope and Contents

The Photographs of Anchor Laundry in Park Slope consists of 10 black-and-white photographic prints showing exterior and interview views of Anchor Laundry that was located on Prospect Avenue in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, circa 1925. The collection includes group portraits of Anchor Laundry employees, as well as interior views showing employees while working. Views of the various floors of the factory are shown such as the the office, the washing and rinsing room, the washing and drying room, the ironing room, the packaging room, and the boiler room. The photographs includes handwritten notes on the verso that describe each photograph. The owners of Anchor Laundry, Frederick L. Rath, Sr. and John Sieman are identified in one of the group portraits. Several employees are also partially identified by either a first name or last name. The notes were written by Frederick L. Rath, Jr.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Rath, Frederick L., Sr.
  • Siemann, John

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Group portraits
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • Anchor Laundry (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Factories -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Laundry industry -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Laundry machinery
  • Laundry workers -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc. |v Pictorial works
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction rights for the photographs have not been evaluated. 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); Photographs of Anchor Laundry in Park Slope, V1992.009, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Frederick L. Rath, Jr., 1992.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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