|Object Name||Plate, Commemorative|
|Description||Decorative plate of white earthenware with decal decoration. Circular shape, with a cluster of flags at the center flanking an American flag and shield, and 16 flags around the rim, labeled to identify the country of each. Inscription on reverse: "OLD GLORY AND HER ALLIES / COPYRIGHT / 55402 / K.T.&K / S-V / CHINA / P.C.J.". Made by Knowles, Taylor & Knowles to commemorate World War I.|
|Acquisition||Gift of Alice Austen|
|Ownership and History||
In addition to the American flag, labeled "Old Glory," the other flags labeled around the plate rim represent France, Great Britain, Scotland, Greece, Portugal, Cuba, Italy, Russia, Japan, Panama, Ireland, Romania, Brazil, Serbia, and Belgium.
This plate was given to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1949 by photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952). Alice participated in the war effort on Staten Island during World War I. Her activities are described in the book "Directory of Women 1927-1928": "Miss E. Alice Austen, 2 Hylan Boulevard, Rosebank... with the authority from the New York Red Cross and the Staten Island Branch, organized four classes of 100 or more women to study to become ambulance drivers and mechanics to be ready to form a motor corps when we entered the war. The women had to pass a stiff examination which met with Dr. Smilie's approval. F.L. Rader of 1214 Richmond Road, Dongan Hills, was the instructor. Miss Austen was a Lieutenant in the Canteen and a Hostess at Hostess House at the Fox Hills Hospital through the entire war."
|Maker||Knowles, Taylor & Knowles, East Liverpool, OH|
World War I
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
Austen, E. Alice
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2013.|
|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.|