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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1890
Description Folding fan. Tan paper leaf has five chromolithographed Spanish scenes, each identified by city name. From left to right: "BARCELONA," with scene of a man and woman talking; the woman is seated on top of a rowboat. "VALENCIA": a man is seated on the ground; he has a multicolor blanket wrapped around him. A woman stands next to him, holding a basket of flowers. "MADRID": Rows of bullfighters march in procession in a bullfighting ring, with spectators in the stands. "SEVILLA": a woman pours a drink for a seated man, with another man standing close by; the tower of a building is in the background. "ZARAGOZA": a man and a woman are dancing; a second man plays guitar, and a third man is singing. The leaf has a narrow strip of red paper along the top edge. The reverse of the leaf is plain red paper. The wood sticks and guardsticks have incised and gold painted flowers and vines. Made in Spain for the tourist market.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European, Commemorative)
Acquisition Gift of Katherine Seaman and Juliet Trench
Ownership and History This souvenir fan from Spain was a gift from Lieutenant Henry Kennedy Benham (1867-1904) to his aunt Emily J. Benham (born ca. 1832). The Benham family resided in Greenridge, Staten Island. Lieutenant Benham served in the United States Navy, and was in command of the destroyer Truxtun.

The fan was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1936 by Emily's nieces, Katherine Seaman and Juliet Seaman Trench. A note donated with the fan indicates that it commemorates a bullfight that was held in honor of naval officers.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1900
Material Paper/Wood
Subjects Travel
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Benham, Emily J.
Benham, Henry Kennedy
Catalog Number C02.0157
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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