Armbruster was an amateur photographer and NYC historian during the early 20th century. He was particularly interested in infrastructure and preserving history that he viewed as vanishing during a period of rapid growth and change in Brooklyn. In his book, The Eastern District of Brooklyn (1912), he writes, “If a history of the City of New York will ever be written, its compiler will look around for historical matter relating to the old towns, now forming parts of the metropolis, and this book was written that the Eastern District of Brooklyn may be represented then.”
The scrapbooks are organized by subject and include newspaper clippings, photographs, hand-drawn maps, drawings, and writings. The scrapbooks primarily feature Brooklyn, but also showcase Manhattan, Queens, Nassau County and Suffolk County. They are a particularly rich resource for housing research.
The photo of the week depicts a man posing on the boardwalk in Coney Island around 1898. There are two full albums dedicated to Coney Island. Check out all of the digitized scrapbook pages here.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org