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Title Triumphal Arch
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date 1901
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. View of the Triumphal Bridge at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. In the foreground are men and women walking, a man with a push cart, and rows of empty park benches.
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The book "The Pan-American Exposition and How to See It," published in 1901, offered the following description of the bridge: "The Triumphal Bridge ushers the visitor into the midst of the Exposition. The bridge is a stately structure, swung from four monumental piers, 100 feet in height. Each pier is surmounted by a sculptural group -- a muscular youth on the back of a horse 30 feet in height, which rears above a mass of trophies indicative of feudalism, slavery and subordination to tyrannical power, the whole expressing the triumphal struggle of the people of the United States to free themselves from the institutions of despotic ages and governments..."
Earliest Date 1901
Latest Date 1901
Subjects Fairs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.5367
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, February 2016.
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