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Title Group at big split rock
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 3, 1893
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. A group of four women, two men, and two young boys are in the woods near a large split rock. Some of the group sit or stand on the trunk of a fallen tree, while others sit on the boulder in the background. Trude Eccleston stands in the center, holding an umbrella. Louise Scofield, seated at right, holds a hat over a camera that is resting on the tree trunk.
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This photo is one of several taken the same day by Alice Austen on a visit to the town of Mauch Chunk (today called Jim Thorpe) in eastern Pennsylvania.

Alice and her friends most likely traveled there as part of a one-day "Grand Family Excursion" offered by the Staten Island Rapid Transit Railroad Company. The trip was mentioned in the August 5, 1893, issue of the Richmond County Advance newspaper, which noted that the excursion "was largely attended" and "the participants enjoyed the grand scenery and invigorating mountain air of the 'Switzerland of America'."

The photographer's inscription identifies the group as Mrs. Hubbell, Mrs. Scofield, Louise, C. Wildrick, Trude Ec., Walter Stewart, George, and Mr. Blanchard.

Louise H. Scofield, the young woman seated at right, was 16 at the time of this trip. Like Alice Austen, she too was an amateur photographer, and was among the five women from Staten Island whose work was selected for exhibition at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
Earliest Date 1893
Latest Date 1893
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Scofield, Louise H.
Scofield, Julia (Heyer)
Blanchard, Sawyer
Wildrick, Charles White
Catalog Number 50.015.5571
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2013.
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