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Title [Laboratory upstairs, Fred at work]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date April 29, 1901
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Interior view of a laboratory at the U.S. Quarantine Station on Hoffman Island, off Staten Island, New York. A man (identified in the inscription on the negative sleeve as Fred) is seated at a table that contains glass jars, a graduated cylinder, a clamp holding a funnel, and a gas jet; he is holding tools and working with a glass vial. The room is filled with equipment, including a sink, a rack with pegs that hold glass vials, and shelves containing bottles, various types of glassware, and three boxes of "PEARLINE" (a brand of washing soap). Two enameled metal pots hang on the wall, and there is a bellows on the floor near his feet.
(Keywords: Early Twentieth Century, New York City)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History In the book Alice's World, Ann Novotny identifies this setting as the upstairs laboratories on Hoffman Island, and notes that the chemist is working with a pressurized, steam-heated sterilizer and bacterial cultures in the "media room."
Earliest Date 1901
Latest Date 1901
Subjects Quarantines
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.5717
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2013.
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