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Title Bowling Club (self)
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date May 28, 1895
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. A posed group of seven men and eight women stand and sit in an interior; four of the men wear military uniforms. Five bowling balls are on the ground in front of the group. Alice Austen stands in the back row at far right; her friend Trude Eccleston stands in the back row, right of center (wearing a boater). Standing at far left is Trude's brother, Samuel Eccleston. Behind the group is a chalkboard with bowling scores. A list of abbreviated names is visible on the chalkboard: "Mrs [Patt?] / Mr. White / Mr. Har / [illegible] / Miss Eccl / Miss [Johnston?] / Mr. Scof [probably for Scofield] / Mr. [Haz?]."
(Keywords: Self Portrait, Posed Group, New York)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The setting for this party was the private bowling alley of Nathaniel Marsh's mansion on Belair Road in Clifton, Staten Island.

In the book Alice's World, Ann Novotny identifies the man in the right foreground as Lieutenant Isaac Lewis, inventor of the Lewis gun. The Lewis gun was an American-designed machine gun that was used by Great Britain and other countries in World War I and after.
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Friendship
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Eccleston, Samuel Clarkson
Lewis, Isaac N.
Catalog Number 50.015.5544
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, August 2013.
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