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Object Name Fan
Date 1905
Description Folding fan. Printed and hand-painted paper leaf with design of wisteria in white, purple and green. The reverse side of the leaf has a speckled background with hand-painted crossed American and Japanese flags, and a printed menu and musical program, dated July 26, 1905. Lacquered bamboo sticks. Riveted at bottom, with metal loop. Made in Japan for export, with the wisteria painted in a fashion to appeal to the western market.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Commemorative, Asian, Floral, Early Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The reverse side of this fan served as a fancy menu and program for a dinner and musical event held on July 26, 1905. The tapering purple and white wisteria blossoms fit beautifully into the folds of the fan leaf.

The menu included such treats as Consomme Tortue, Froid (turtle soup, cold); Sole a la Normande; Filet de Boeuf ala Maintenon; Asperges de Californie Sce. ravigotte (asparagus with a seasoned vinaigrette sauce);
Salade, Glace-Fraises (strawberry ice cream), and Patisserie (pastries).

The entertainment included the Eastern Star, a march by American composer Frank Hoyt Losey; selections from The Belle of New York, a musical comedy that opened in 1897; and Vienna Beauties, a waltz by Austrian composer Karl Michael Ziehrer.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1905
Material Paper/Bamboo
Subjects Menus
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.0287
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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