Alice Austen

Alice Austen and Punch

Saturday, July 1st, 1893 at 3:30pm

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.

Besides Punch, Austen had a Mexican Chihuahua named Chico. The doors in Clear Comfort bore small holes so that Chico could move about the house freely. However, Punch, who was bigger, was unable to squeeze through these holes. He would be left outside, "crying his eyes out". Austen owned these dogs for at least 15 years. Later on she reflected, "Such little devils-- they would play such tricks on me."

Collection of Staten Island Historic Society