Photo of the Week: Paerdegaat Basin

Paerdegaat [Basin], ca 1910, v1981.15.144; Ralph Irving Lloyd lantern slides,v1981.15; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Paerdegaat [Basin], ca 1910, v1981.15.144; Ralph Irving Lloyd lantern slides,v1981.15; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The photo of the week depicts Paerdegaat Basin around 1910 in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. The 1.25 mile long channel connects to Jamaica Bay in the south, and is named for the Dutch word “horse gate.” The surrounding wetland area includes groves of trees and a habitat for many bird and animal species. I love the soft tree reflections in the water and the small tent visible in the background. Did the artist camp here for the night?

This photograph comes from the Ralph Irving Lloyd lantern slides collection that comprises roughly 400 black-and-white lantern slides, created by Lloyd between 1890 and 1920. Lloyd as a Brooklyn ophthalmologist and amateur photographer, who photographed primarily streets scenes and historic homes in Brooklyn. To view more photographs from this collection, check out the online image gallery 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. library@brooklynhistory.org

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One Response to Photo of the Week: Paerdegaat Basin

  1. Patricia Justice says:

    Any activities for 11 year old boys week ends

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