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Object Name Notecard
Date ca. 1888-1908
Title [Clifton Tennis Club notecard]
Description Notecard. Rectangular off-white cardboard with printed and handwritten inscription: "Clifton, S.I. / My Dear Miss Austen / The Officers of the Clifton Ladies' / Tennis Club wish to thank you for past / kindness to the Club and to ask if you / are willing again to contribute one loaf / of cake to it during the summer. / If you consent to do so you will be / notified three days in advance, at what / date to send your gift to the Club House. / Very cordially, / A.T. RIPLEY, [the name is crossed out] / Secy. / Bessie Townsend".
(Keyword: New York)
Acquisition From Alice Austen
Ownership and History The Clifton Tennis Club was established in 1887. It was located on Lily Pond Avenue in Clifton, Staten Island. The Clifton Ladies' Tennis Club was an organization of female players, and was in existence by 1888.

This card is part of a collection of personal items that came to the Staten Island Historical Society from photographer Alice Austen in 1945. The card is signed by Bessie Townsend (born in 1862), who lived on Townsend Avenue in Clifton. The other name on the card, A.T. Ripley (which is crossed out), probably represented Anna T. Ripley, whose sister, Sue Ripley, appears in several of Alice Austen's photographs. All of these women were active in local social and athletic activities; they may have been distant relatives as well, since all three had ancestors named Townsend.
Earliest Date 1888
Latest Date 1908
Material Paper
Subjects Sports
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Townsend, Bessie M.
Catalog Number 45.002.0024
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, May 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.