Rigid fan (handscreen). Die cut cardboard in the shape of a sunflower has a chromolithographed illustration on each side. Front has image in a circle of a young man and woman kissing while seated in a rowboat, with a border of yellow sunflower petals. Reverse side has an image of a young woman in a rowboat, reaching down to pick lotus flowers from the water. Bamboo handle. Printed inscription on front: "H.C.F. KOCH & SON. DRY GOODS. / 6TH AVE. & 20TH ST. NEW YORK / DONALDSON BROTHERS, FIVE POINTS, N.Y." Printed inscription on reverse: "H.C.F. KOCH & SON, / COSTUMES / & WRAPS."
(Keywords: Accessory, Retail, New York City)
|Acquisition||From Alice Austen|
|Ownership and History||
This fan uses romantic imagery to advertise the dry goods emporium of H.C.F. Koch & Son. An 1882 article in the New York Times described the lavish displays of clothing and household textiles in their store at Sixth Avenue and 20th Street, proclaiming "one hundred ladies with a hundred different tastes might purchase garments at this store and each go away perfectly satisfied." In 1891 the company relocated to a large new building on West 125th Street in Harlem.
Alice Austen (1866-1952), the original owner of this fan, was a noted amateur photographer. She lived on Staten Island but often traveled into Manhattan to take photographs. Perhaps she acquired this fan on one of her trips to the city.
Stores & shops
|Lexicon Sub-category||Advertising Medium|
Austen, E. Alice
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