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Title [Costume party]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 15, 1889
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Alice Austen and her friend Trude Eccleston, dressed as nuns, pose with seven other people in costumes that include a nurse and a Spanish dancer. Charles Barton (Trude's future husband), wearing a military costume, is seated on the floor. Alice and Trude both wear fabric bands with inscription "Pears' Soap," along with signs on the front of their habits that read "Good / morning / HAVE YOU / USED / PEARS' SOAP?" The people in the group are identified in the envelope inscription as Austen, Brand, Hemsley, Smith, Jessup, Eccleston and C.J. Barton.
(Keywords: Self Portrait, Posed Group, New York)
Film Size 6.5x8.5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History In the book Alice's World, the location of this photo is identified as the Twilight Rest in the Catskills, New York.
Earliest Date 1889
Latest Date 1889
Subjects Friendship
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Barton, Charles
Catalog Number 50.015.6639
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2013.
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