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Object Name Fan
Date 1920s
Description Folding fan. Asymmetrical leaf is made of pink ostrich feathers with black tinted edges (possibly dyed to match a dress). Celluloid sticks. Metal loop attached at rivet.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Twentieth Century)
Acquisition Gift of the DeJonge Family
Ownership and History Stylish women of the 1920s often carried fans made of brightly dyed ostrich plumes. These complemented the softly draped dresses of the time better than sharp-edged folding fans. But during this era, women's hands became occupied with more "modern" pursuits, like cigarettes and cocktails. Fans were used less and less, eventually losing their place as an indispensable fashion accessory.

This fan belonged to the DeJonge family of Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1920
Latest Date 1930
Material Celluloid/Feathers
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.1298
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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