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Title [Night view of Temple of Music, Pan-American Exposition]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date 1901
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Night view of the Temple of Music, with surrounding buildings and fountain, illuminated by electric lights at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
(Keywords: Early Twentieth Century)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History Alice Austen took more than 130 photographs on her visit to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, including several nighttime photos.

An article published in the Scientific American Supplement in 1901 extolled the beauty of the electric lighting at the Pan-American Exposition: "...The great advance made in methods of electric lighting during the past decade renders it possible to effect an illumination at the Pan-American more beautiful, more glorious, more wonderful, than anything heretofore conceived or even dreamed of by the human imagination, unless in flights of poetic fancy describing the divine illumination of the New Jerusalem..."
Earliest Date 1901
Latest Date 1901
Subjects Fairs
Electric lighting
Night photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.5408
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2013.
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