Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Off the Clock

Off the Clock, circa 1887, v1972.1.1242; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

From the desk of Keara Duggan, BHS Public Programs Manager: I don’t know much about this photograph. I know it was taken around 1887 by Walter H. Nelson. I know that it’s a part of BHS’s early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, which is comprised of 1,400 black-and-white photographs taken from 1860 to 1920. And I know that the softly rippling waters look cool and inviting to me at a time of year when the summer heat is heavy and humid. BHS is also nice and cool this time of year, a great escape from the hot sun. Come in, explore our collections, and enjoy our temperature-controlled library, archives, and museum.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.


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