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Guide to the John Illo Photograph Collection
circa 1910s-1950s
 PR 358

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta (2018, 2022)

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Descriptive Summary

Creator - pht: Illo, John, 1926-
Title: John Illo photograph collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1910s-1950s
Abstract: 157 photographs, most taken by John Illo (b. 1926), of passenger ships, tugboats, and warships in New York Harbor. Twelve (not taken by Illo) show the wrecked ocean liner Morro Castle near Asbury Park, New Jersey, around 1934. The collection includes views of well-known Manhattan sites such as the Chrysler Building and McSorley's Old Ale House, and "characters" Illo encountered around New York City, such as men riding the subway, a three-card monte dealer, a man fishing treasure from a sidewalk grate, and men experiencing homelessness. Also present are twenty images of people thought to have been in Vaudeville; two show John Illo's father, Frank Illo (1886-1976), who worked as a stage carpenter in addition to performing.
Quantity: 0.209 Linear feet (1 box)
Language: The collection consists solely of photographic prints. Any text appearing in the images or written on their backs is generally in English.
Call Phrase: PR 358