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Longshoreman's unloader's hook

Object Number: 
2002.21.1
Date: 
ca. 1965
Medium: 
Iron, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. ( 11.4 x 14.6 x 47 cm )
Marks: 
incised: in wooden handle: "DOM"
Description: 
Iron unloader's hook with U-shaped end terminating in a point; wooden handle; owner's name scratched into handle.
Gallery Label: 
This unloader's hook was used by a Dominick, a laborer at Fulton Fish Market. The donor, a photographer, documented New York City's waterfront and came to know many of the workers. Many of her photographs of the workers show them with similar hooks worn over their shoulder, as a kind of professional trademark.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Barbara Geanne Mensch
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group