Collection Facts

Extent: 
23 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1880 - 1980
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Port Washington is a hamlet located on the northshore area of Long Island in Nassau County. Port Washington was a sand-mining town in the late nineteenth century, having the largest known sandbank east of the Mississippi River. The sand from Port Washington was used to make concrete for some of the New York skyscrapers that are still around today, including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

Scope of Collection

The Mason-Malone Collection consists of images from the Mason Studio archive of prints and negatives. Among the images are historical scenes of Port Washington, as depicted in postcards, as well as local residents, the fire department, and the waterfront.