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Object Name Apron
Date ca. 1890-1940
Description Woman's half apron, made of cotton fabric with a printed pattern that features dogs (including pugs), cats, birds, flowers and fruit. Apron is short length and has self-fabric ties at waist; pasted onto the front is a letter "B" cut from white paper with an inset smaller letter "B" of purple paper.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory)
Acquisition From Alice Austen
Ownership and History This apron was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1945 by noted photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).

Now known for her work as a talented and prolific photographer, Alice Austen was a very active woman with many interests. The printed fabric of this apron, with its cats, dogs, and flowers, represents some of the things that Austen enjoyed. The appearance of this apron is more fanciful than the plain white examples that are typically worn by the subjects of her photographs. The significance of the letter "B" on the front of the apron has not yet been determined, but it may represent the Box Tree Tea Room, which she and her friend Gertrude Tate operated in the late 1910s and early 1920s.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1940
Subjects Clothing & dress
Aprons
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Catalog Number C01.1416
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2013.
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