Photo Friday: a 19th century photographic journey (photo 11)

This Friday’s photo shows two men out for a joyride. Provide a creative caption for the photo and post it to our blog or to our Facebook page. Anyone who adds a caption will automatically be entered into our caption contest, and the winner [announced in September] will receive a free standard family tour of Huguenot Street.

The two men in the photograph from last week are unidentified, but the photo was found in our Matthew Fitch Hasbrouck Photograph Collection, so they may be relatives or friends of his. Another relative of Matthew Fitch Hasbrouck is his famous cousin Ezra Hasbrouck Fitch, co-founder of the clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch. Ezra was born September 21, 1865 to parents Margaret W. Hasbrouck and Roswell R. Fitch. He was their only child, as Margaret passed away shortly after his birth. Ezra grew up at the Fitch Estate with his grandparents. He loved the outdoors and bought most of his sporting equipment from a small shop called Abercrombie Co. Ezra studied law at New York University, but quickly became bored with the profession and looked for a new career path. As a result, he bought a huge share in his favorite store, the Abercrombie Co., and became business partners with David Abercrombie. The companies name was changed to Abercrombie & Fitch, and sold sports equipment to the wealthy. Even though the company was a success, the partners had a hard time getting along with one another and constantly argued about the future of the business. Ezra wanted to continue expanding the company to the general public, while David wanted the clientele of the store to remain elite. As a result, Abercrombie sold his share of the company to Fitch in 1907. After Fitch’s death, Abercrombie & Fitch would continue to evolve until it eventually become the store it is known as today, a successful brand of casual clothes aimed towards teens and young adults.

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