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Title [Austen children playing in the sand]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, Peter T.
Date 1889
Collection Peter T. Austen Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Elizabeth Patty Austen (right) and Oswald Townsend Austen (left) are seated on a beach, probably at Bay Head, New Jersey. Elizabeth wears a hat with polka dots; Oswald wears a tall-crowned straw hat. There is a small pail in the sand next to Oswald. A house is in the background. Handwritten in red at right edge: "11.12"; handwritten in red on reverse: "14."
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Gift of Phyllis Borea
Ownership and History Peter Townsend Austen (1852-1907) was the uncle of noted Staten Island photographer Alice Austen. This photo was most likely taken in the shore town of Bay Head, New Jersey, where Peter and his wife Nellie and their children William Munroe, Elizabeth Patty, and Oswald Townsend vacationed during several summers in the 1880s and 1890s.
Earliest Date 1889
Latest Date 1889
Subjects Children
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, Elizabeth Patty
Austen, Oswald Townsend
Catalog Number 84.059.0078
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, July 2017.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.