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Title Group of Children
Object Name Transparency, Lantern-slide
Photographer Austen, Peter T.
Date 1889
Collection Peter T. Austen Collection
Description Original B&W glass lantern slide. Elizabeth Patty Austen (left), Oswald Austen (center), and William Munroe Austen (right) are on a porch; Elizabeth Patty is seated in a child-size chair. A man and woman stand behind the children but the photo is cropped so they are only visible from the waist down. Corresponding negative 84.059.0079 shows the woman's face; she is Nellie (Munroe) Austen, the children's mother. An adult's folding chair and a child's wicker rocking chair are seen at far right. Probably taken at Bay Head, New Jersey. The edges of the photographic image are covered with a dark paper mask; the rectangular opening in the mask has rounded corners. A clear sheet of protective glass is placed over the image; the edges are sealed with dark tape. Two paper labels with handwritten inscriptions are adhered to the glass: an oval label with red border, "N.B.C. / AUSTEN / 3," and a rectangular strip of paper, "Group of Children / 1889."
Acquisition Gift of Phyllis Borea
Ownership and History Peter Townsend Austen (1852-1907) was the uncle of noted Staten Island photographer Alice Austen. This photo was most likely taken in the shore town of Bay Head, New Jersey, where Peter and his wife Nellie and their three children vacationed during several summers in the 1880s and 1890s.
Earliest Date 1889
Latest Date 1889
Subjects Children
Lantern slides
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, Elizabeth Patty
Austen, William Munroe
Austen, Oswald Townsend
Austen, Nellie (Munroe)
Catalog Number 84.059.0003
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, July 2017.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.