Brooklyn Historical Society’s vast photography collections includes several family portrait collections, including the Ramus family portraits. The photo of the week depicts a young boy, Julian Ramus, on a bicycle in front of 214 Dean Street in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, around 1900.
The Ramus family in Brooklyn began with Isaac Ramus (circa 1805-1876). He was a retail dealer in hosiery and undergarments with a store located at 385 Canal Street in Manhattan. Isaac and his wife Esther Baruth immigrated from London and lived at 214 Dean Street. They had two sons, Angelo and Louis Ramus. Angelo died at the age of 26 from yellow fever. Louis Ramus married Hannah Levy and had two children, Ira and Julian (pictured above).
This photograph comes from the Ramus family papers and photographs collection comprised of documents, ephemera, and photographs pertaining to members of the Ramus family and in-laws, spanning from 1836 to 1917. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.
If you’re interested in your own family research, we recommend starting your search with our Family and Genealogy Research Guide. This guide highlights BHS resources most helpful to genealogy and family research.
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