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Title [Poker game]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date September 21, 1892
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Interior view of men and women playing cards in the Austen house, Clear Comfort, in Rosebank, Staten Island. Alice Austen is seated at right, and her friend Julia Bredt is in the center; the two men are identified as Mr. Gilman and C. Wildrick. The group uses a pillow as a playing surface, and they all hold their card hands so the faces of the cards are visible to the camera.
(Keywords: Posed Group, Self Portrait, New York)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Alice Austen carefully arranged this group for the photograph. She and the two men all hold royal flushes, while her friend Julia has the good fortune to be holding five aces.

The man seated at left is most likely Henry K. Gilman of Flushing, New York. The man seated at right is Charles White Wildrick. His father, Lieutenant-Colonel Abram C. Wildrick, was the commander of the Fort Wadsworth military post. Charles White Wildrick appears frequently in the newspapers of the early 1900s. Among his claims to fame were his 6-month sentence in a penitentiary for passing a bad check, his romance with a wealthy woman from Chicago, and his contentious divorce from a woman who was accused of murder.

Earliest Date 1892
Latest Date 1892
Subjects Card games
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Bredt, Julia
Wildrick, Charles White
Gilman, Henry K.
Catalog Number 50.015.5568
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2013.
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