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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1900-1910
Description Folding fan. Tan paper leaf has chromolithographed bullfight scenes on one side; the matadors are accented with glitter. The reverse side of leaf is tan with metallic speckles. The wood sticks have metallic gold trim. Hand-painted inscriptions on the guardsticks: "RECUERDO" on one and "DE ESPANA" on the other. Made in Spain.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European)
Acquisition Gift of Alice Austen
Ownership and History This souvenir fan was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1947 by Alice Austen (1866-1952), a noted amateur photographer. For most of her life, she resided in the Austen family home, named "Clear Comfort," on the New York Harbor waterfront in Rosebank, Staten Island.

Alice Austen most likely acquired this fan on one of her numerous trips to Europe. Perhaps it was on her visit to Spain in the summer of 1909, where she attended bullfights in Madrid, San Sebastian, Seville, and Granada. She took more than 30 photographs of the various bullfights; the vintage photographs are part of the Staten Island Historical Society's Alice Austen photograph collection.
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1910
Material Paper/Wood
Subjects Travel
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Catalog Number C02.0514
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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