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Title Group on S.I.L.C. piazza
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date October 13, 1888
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original B&W print on a cardboard mount which appears to be a page from a photo album, with binding visible along one edge. A group of nine women and four men are posed on the porch steps of the Staten Island Ladies' Club building. Several people hold tennis rackets; the two women seated in front center hold umbrellas. The woman seated front left holds a tennis racket with a cover that has a photo of a man mounted on it.
(Keywords: Posed Group, New York)
Print size 6 x 8.125
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The Staten Island Ladies' Club was located on the grounds of the Staten Island Cricket and Baseball Club in Livingston. The Ladies' Club was established in 1877, and by 1887 had over 200 members.

An article in Outing magazine in November 1887 described how the men and women harmoniously shared the tennis courts: "The arrangements made for the use of the grounds so that there should be no clashing of interests, were, that the ladies were privileged to play on all the courts during the morning; that the two or three nets nearest their house should be at all times their exclusive property; that during the afternoons they were at liberty to play at any other of the nets that were not required by the men; and that every Friday the whole grounds were theirs exclusively, and the men could only occupy such nets as they did not want."
Earliest Date 1888
Latest Date 1888
Subjects Tennis
Group portraits
Athletic clubs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Walker, Randolph St. George
Catalog Number 50.015.2464.A
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2013.
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