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“The Darned Club”. Alice Austen, 1891.

“The Darned Club,” named by disrespectful Staten Island men, strikes a pose of girlish friendship on the Austen House’s lawn overlooking the Narrows. Alice (left) and her three friends, Trudy Eccleston, Julia Marsh, and Sue Ripley went to school together for years, and later spent most of their time at each other’s home

“The Darned Club” and its four members — Alice, Trude Eccleston, Julia Marsh and Sue Ripley. How did it get its name? “I guess that’s what the boys called it.” says Alice.

Collection of Staten Island Historic Society.