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Title Organ Grinder and Wife
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date May 9, 1896
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. A man and a woman stand on the sidewalk of a cobblestone street in Manhattan; both are facing the camera. The man holds a hand organ, which is supported by a single leg and is attached to a strap that he wears over his shoulder; his right hand holds the organ's crank. The woman holds a small bowl or cup in her right hand. In the background, a street sweeper uses a broom to clean the street. Behind him, a trolley car is visible. The original negative sleeve has the photographer's handwritten inscription: "No / 913 / Cramer / Crown / Organ grinder & wife / 7 Ave / & 48th St / Inst fast / W.L. / 12 ft / 3.10 P.M / Sat May 9th 1896 / C / NY / Set".
(Keywords: New York City)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This is one of 12 images that photographer Alice Austen published in 1896 in a portfolio titled "Street Types of New York." The image is listed in the portfolio with the title "Organ Grinder and Wife, Forty-Eighth Street and Broadway".
Earliest Date 1896
Latest Date 1896
Subjects Organ grinders
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.5953
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2016.
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