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Alice Austen took over 8,000 photographs in her lifetime. The collection was dispersed over several locations when Alice lost her home in 1945. Here is a selection of her photographs and their locations.

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Format: 2018
Format: 2018

Just after a match

The Roosevelts and Misses Burdette and Homans just after match.

Stanley 35, fine clear day, 60 ft.

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Gymnastics

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Ice Skating, Bethesda Fountain

Ice skating, Central Park, Bethesda Fountain, NY

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Bathers

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Landscape

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Lou's Hall, fire burning

Lou Richard's house, nee Alexander, married Frank Richards. Cambridge, MA.

Stanley/35/light good/42 sec 30 ft/pulled dark shades up & exposed windows for 2 sec

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Ship

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Ile de France

Ile de France docked outside the Austen House. 

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The Normandie

The celebrated ship the Normandie, docked outside the Austen House. 

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American Line

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SS Lusitania

The SS Lusitania docked in the Narrows with a quarantine boat alongside -- look closely.  Alice Austen took the photo while standing on her lawn.

The Lusitainia was sunk by a German torpedo on May 7, 1915 -- an event that pushed the United States towards WW I. 

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Fulton Market

Fulton Street Fish Market

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Ile de France

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Dressed for Charity Ball

"We were off to the ball, looking as though we were shot out of a gun," old Ms. Austen reminisced.  "I was nervous because I was so afraid the picture wouldn't come out right."  Her escort was her cousin, her gown was of figured satin, and her bouquet was of violets.  The Charity Ball, held in the German Club for the benefit of the Smith Infirmary, was the social event of the year.  "Lewis Austen and self, in middle room, dressed for chairity ball. 9 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 1894."

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Tennis at Fort Wadsworth

Trude Eccleston and Alice Austen join Wycliffe Throckmorton, in the polka dot tie, and three uniformed friends.

"Group of officers, Trude and self at Fort Wadsworth.  Fine clear day. 1.20 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 1888.  Carbutt High 25 blue label, Perken lense, Stop 22, 1 1/2 secs. 

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Austen plays the Banjo

Alice, at left, strums the banjo as Bessie Strong, her house guest from New Jersey, plays the guitar on the shaded porched at Clear Comfort.  Behind them are Grandfather's telescope, a comfortable hammock, and the birdcage that housed an Australian parrot.  

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Hansom Cab

Union Square Brentano's. Published in Street Types of New York, copyright 1896 by E. A. Austen, Albertype Company, New York, photogravure.

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Waterfall

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South Street Seaport

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Laundry

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Sail Ship

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Cats

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Mr. and Mrs. Peter Townsend Austen

Peter and Nellie Townsend Austen and their children, William Munroe, Elizabeth Patty, and Oswald

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Water Fall

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Clear Comfort

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Cat and Tea

Black cat, Daisies, and table set for tea.  Probably 1930s.

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Red Cross

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Poultry and Bread Stand

Poultry and Bread Stand, Hester Street, Lower East Side, NY

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Pigs

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Woman in Hat

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Man Grinding Knives

Man grinding knives, Monday, March 5, 1894. 12.35 p.m. 

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Old Man, Hand Organ in Cart

Old man, hand organ in chart.  25th Street, NYC. Fine bright day, in sun. Monday, March 5th, 1894, 1.45 p.m. 

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Snow and Ice Removal

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Newsgirl, 23rd Street

"Splendid hats were worn also in humble walks of life, even on the job at the Sixth Avenue EL station."

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Water Cans

Street cleaner with watering pots; June 17, 1895;

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Alice Austen and Punch

Here Austen is pictured in her traveling clothes, posed with her luggage as she bids her dog, Punch, goodbye before she leaves for the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. There, she photographed the Columbian Exposition.

Warings White Wings

Manhattan street scene, Warings White Wings, Friday, March 6, 1896. 11:15 am.

Aschcart and man dumping with barrel, 48th Street and 8th Avenue. 

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Policeman

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Postman

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Flat Bottom Ferry

Flat bottom ferry, Bennington, Vermont.  Gertrude Tate on the ferry.

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Bathing Suits

Alice Austen, Trude Eccleston, Julia Marsh, left to right, and two other close friends in front the cedar gate at the northeast corner of the Austen garden.

"Group in bathing costumes.  Thursday, September 17th, 1885. 12.30 pm. Instantaneous."

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Great White Fleet above Stapleton

The Great White Fleet viewed from Stapleton Hills, Fine Clear Day, April 30, 1897. 2 p.m.

Directly below the intersection of St. Paul's Avenue and Van Duzer Street.  

Stanley 50, 100 ft, 2.40 sec, stop 32.

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Oysters

She felt equally free to visit places considered unseemly for a lady.(Annapolis. Fine day. Skylight, dark. 10a.m. , Tuesday, Sept. 25th, 1894. Stanley 50, WATERBURY LENSE, 10 SECS. 50 ft.)

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The Leviathan, Camouflaged

The Leviathan, troopship, camouflaged during WW I

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Police

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Old Man Organ Grinder

Old man organ grinder, Lexington Avenue and 58th Street

Harpers Weekly reported that by 1890 the traditional Italian organ grinder was in decline, owing largely to laws against solicitation by costumed monkeys 

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Street Peddler

Man seated at tray on two barrels.  Hester Street, Lower East Side.

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Police

Policeman and Street Sweeper, 6th Avenue and 46th Street, Manhattan.

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Street Sweeper

Due to the color of his uniform, these city employees were often called "White Wings."

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Knife Grinder

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Street Sweeper

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View from our Piazza

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Rag Man in front of Cousin Ella's

Rag man in front of Cousin Ella's. 15 ft, fine day. Thursday, May 2, 1895, 2.30 p.m. 

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Man with Crate of Chickens

Man with crate of chickens, Hester Street, Lower East Side.

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Two Men with Baskets

Two men with baskets on hand truck in front of Fulton Fish Market

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Clear Comfort

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Man and Baggage at South Ferry

Man and baggage at South Ferry, lower Manhattan.  Fair, hazy day, Monday, April 13, 1896. 10.50 a.m. Cramer/20 ft/Inst fast

The baggage and its owners have recently disembarked from Ellis Island ferry, the final leg after a long ocean voyage.  Immigrants were often greeted at South Ferry by the sight and sound of the elevated train entering or departing from the station in the background.  

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Cliff

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Shoe Black Stand

Shoe black stand on 42nd Street. Wednesday, April 22, 1896. 1.25 p.m

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Sailing

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Automobile, opposite the Majestic Theatre

Automobile on 8th Avenue and 59th Street, opposite the Majestic Theatre.

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High Falls, Dingman's Ferry

High Falls, Dingman's Ferry, Pennsylvania.  Kaatskill mountains

Alice Austen is driving, Gertrude Tate is to the right.  

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Wabun in Deep Lock

Wabun in deep lock, south of Trenton, NJ. 

Stanley 35/11 ft/ Inst Slow

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Carriage

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Fun

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Biking

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Newspaper Boy

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Wisteria

Wisteria taken from the window upstairs.  No sun, but not far away.  A sort of Indian Summer day, glimmering. 2.40 p.m., May 21st, 1914.  Stanley Ortho, Azo Hard G Matte. Counted 20.

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A Trip to the Moon

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Clear Comfort

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In the Stern of Wabun

Our party in the stern of Wabun. Fair day, 10.45 a.m., 10 ft., Stanley 35.

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Hester Street, Egg stand group

As Austen carried her camera through the streets of the Lower East Side, she received brilliant smiles, curious stares, and impassive shrugs from immigrants to whom most yankees seemed a little old.  Many of the pushcart vendors and shoppers were simply too busy to pay her much attention.  Hester Street.  Egg stand group. Fine day. bright. 10.05 a.m., Thursday, April 18th, 1895. Cramer C., Waterbury lense, Instantaneous fast.

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World's Fair

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Switzerland

Carriage belongs to Darbelly Freres of Martigny-Ville, Switzerland.  Town in Rhone Valley, southeast of Lake Geneva

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Punch in the Grass

Punch hiding in the grass. 

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Clear Comfort Front Lawn

The front steps of the Clear Comfort property. Shown is the Honey Locust Tree, steps, bench, and gate. Staten Island, New York.

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Home for Women

Tompkins Avenue, Stapleton, Staten Island, New York.

The Mariners' Family Asylum of the Port of New York is a tall Italianate brick structure designed by Brooklyn architect J. Graham Clober. It was erected in 1852 on farmlands behind the Seaman's Retreat as a home for the "wives, daughters, sisters and widows of seamen." Alice Austen herself spent several months living in the Asylum from 1949 to April of 1950, decades after taking this photograph.

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Two Girls

Two Girls; Tompkins Avenue; Stapleton; Staten Island; New York

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