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Title The Darned Club
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date October 29, 1891
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Alice Austen and three of her friends embrace in pairs. The women stand in profile, and face slightly away from the camera. Alice stands at far left. Inscription in lower left corner: " 'The / Darned / Club' / .A.A". The location is the grounds of the Austen home, Clear Comfort, in Rosebank, Staten Island, with the Narrows in the background. Photo 50.015.5564 shows the same group.
(Keywords: Self Portrait, Posed Group, New York)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History This photo features Alice Austen with her good friends Trude Eccleston, Julia (Marsh) Lord, and Sue Ripley (from left to right). According to the book "Alice's World" by Ann Novotny, the group was given the nickname "The Darned Club" by the young men of the neighborhood, who felt excluded by the women's close friendship.
Earliest Date 1891
Latest Date 1891
Subjects Friendship
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Lord, Julia (Marsh)
Ripley, Susan S.
Catalog Number 50.015.5564
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2013.
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