Alice Austen

Dressed for Charity Ball

March 29, 1894

"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."

Collection of Staten Island Historic Society