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Object Name Fan
Date 1895-1905
Description Folding fan, "Mai Ogi" type. Glazed mulberry paper leaf with hand-painted flowers on each side. Leaf is covered with penciled autographs and Staten Island town names, dated 1895 to 1905. Bamboo sticks, with tied white cord on guardsticks. Riveted at bottom, with metal loop. A small pencil is attached to a string which is tied to the metal loop. Made in Japan, with autographs added on Staten Island and elsewhere.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Asian, Floral, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. R. Scully
Ownership and History The addition of signatures and printed messages could transform an inexpensive fan into a sentimental keepsake. The autographs and Staten Island town names on this fan suggest that it was used locally over the years 1895 to 1905. Inscriptions such as "Oh! For one more week" and "Here's to you-and you alone" show the fan's importance as a social accessory. James A. Hart and Irving Crook were among the people who signed the fan. Other notes commemorate happy occasions including a New Year's celebration and a strawberry festival.

Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1905
Material Bamboo/Mulberry Paper/Cord
Subjects Autographs
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.0787
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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