By Nicholas Kalis
Nineteenth in a series of glimpses into industries or warehouses that made for interesting freight operations on the Long Island. Information presented has included, where available, a brief history of the firm, how it was served by the LIRR, and what commodities were received or shipped from this facility.
Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings (June 1966), page 7 identifies Jacobson & Son, located in Blissville, as Spot 9. Arthur Huneke reminds us Jacobson was nearly as far east as Laurel Hill according to this map. This 1966 publication puts Jacobson facing Main Track West and having a track capacity of only one car. Jacobson & Son shared a siding with Shaw Walker (38-98 Review Avenue). A railroad customer map revised August 1970 shows Spot 9 as Furniture in the Raw. Given that Furniture in the Raw at 38-78 Review Avenue (Source: Bob Miller using 1968-69 telephone directory) , Jacobson was likely at 38-78 Review Avenue as well. We don’t even know if this building, near the intersection of Laurel Hill Boulevard, is still standing. A smoke stack in one photo may belong to Jacobson.
This Blissville facility could possibly be a distribution/service
facility, which may account for why it does not appear in telephone
directories searched. Commodities shipped into this facility by rail would
likely have been ……. and have been carried in boxcars. If this
facility is typical of those served by the LIRR in Queens, only empties
left by rail.
Readers seeking to model Jacobson & Son would be well advised to simply scratch build it using brick embossed plastic sheets or some kit-bashing of a Design Preservation kit(s). I would suggest a foam core mockup be constructed first. Modelers may wish to consult www.arrts-arrchives.com
I would like to express my appreciation to John Hyslop and Bob Miller of the Queens Borough Library, Bernard Ente, Thomas Flagg, and Art Huneke for their valuable assistance in the research of this series.
Author Unknown Maps of Freight Stations and Private Sidings (Reprint) June 1966
Please direct any comments on or corrections to this manuscript to:
Nicholas Kalis, Suite 600, 1420 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Virginia 22102
Any illustrations or maps contributed will be gratefully acknowledged.