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Title Trude & I masked, short skirts
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 6, 1891
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Posed vignette, with Alice Austen and her friend Trude Eccleston standing facing each other and smoking cigarettes. Both women are dressed in sleeveless undergarments, stockings, and shoes; both wear face masks. They stand between floral curtains, with a curtain backdrop. A rocking chair is partially visible at left. Identified in photographer's inscription as "Trude & I masked, short skirts. 11 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6th 1891. Gas on, flash. Stanley 35, Waterbury lense, 11 ft."
(Keywords: Self Portrait)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This image was published in the 1951 Life Magazine article "The Newly Discovered Picture World of Alice Austen," with this caption: "High jinks in the rectory amused Alice (left) and friend Trude Eccleston in St. John's Episcopal Church, where Trude's father was the rector. The masks, corset covers, petticoats and cigarets made a sinful display in 1891, but black stockings were innocent since flesh-colored ones did not appear until later."
Earliest Date 1891
Latest Date 1891
Subjects Costumes
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Austen, E. Alice
Catalog Number 50.015.5462
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2013.
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