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Title My brother-in-law and his cat
Object Name Transparency, Lantern-slide
Photographer Austen, Peter T.
Date 1889
Collection Peter T. Austen Collection
Description Original B&W glass lantern slide. Oswald Muller stands outdoors holding a small tabby cat. He has a beard and is wearing a hat and a checked three-piece suit. He appears to be standing on the grounds of the Austen family home in Rosebank, Staten Island. The image is seen through a circular opening in a dark paper mask that covers the lantern slide's edges; there is a clear sheet of protective glass over the image. Two paper labels with handwritten inscriptions are adhered to the glass: an oval label with red border, "N.B.C. / AUSTEN / 29," and a rectangular strip of paper, "89. My brother-in-law and / his cat."
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Phyllis Borea
Ownership and History Oswald Muller (1840-1912) was a ship captain who was born in Denmark. In 1871 he married Mary Austen, sister of Peter T. Austen and aunt of Staten Island photographer Alice Austen.

Earliest Date 1889
Latest Date 1889
Subjects Lantern slides
Cats
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Muller, Oswald
Austen, Peter Townsend
Catalog Number 84.059.0020
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.