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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Stereographs
1850-1964 (Bulk 1860-1900)
 PR 65

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Collection processed by Janet Murray (2000); revised and migrated to ArchivesSpace by Marybeth Kavanagh (2020)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 22, 2020
Description is in English.

Container List

Comic and Sentimental, 1850-1910

Scope and Contents

Comic and Sentimental Series: This series consists of views that were staged to tell a story or to depict a scene from literature. Items are arranged into groups, and each group has an Identifier, or unique number. The Identifier can be found within the group's Scope and Contents note. The groups are arranged by published series, or general topic.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 85 Comic & Sentimental--Children

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0876

Children in various staged situations: portraits, some with various props such as fishing poles and picture frames; children playing outdoors; babies, including bathing and sleeping; children and adults, including children at prayer, being bathed, sneaking food, being punished; children and animals: babies and children with cats and dogs, on horseback, with chickens; bedtime: children going to bed, in bed or asleep; boys and girls: girl and boy dining together, girl asking for a kiss; children playing dress-up, or dressed up to act out scenes or depict certain characters, including boy and "ghost," a scene in a country store, a widow, pretending to be a chemist, pretending to be grandparents, Tom Whittington; children and dolls, including pretend baptism scene, doll carriages, tea parties, and African American dolls, Noah, the ark and animals; children reading or in school, including playing practical jokes, and standing on chairs to avoid rats or mice.

110 items

[1850-1910]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Dance

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0877

Dancing: girls in dancing school; woman read for the ball, people dancing, and woman exhausted after the ball, drawing of servants dancing while family is out of town, group dancing under a tree.

6 items

1897-1905
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Diables

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0878

Diables, or Journey in Hell, a French series using table-top photography and dolls depicting devils and skeletons in various situations including the entrance to hell, skeletons in a cauldron, in carriages, omnibuses and on bicycles, a devils Sabbath, a boat regatta, and the Resurrection.

6 items

[1868-1880]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Domestic activities

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0879

Domestic scenes: misunderstandings with maids, people dining, bathing, dressing, reading, playing games, sewing, playing piano, couples going to bed, man sleepwalking, removing a bandage, women playing trick on sleeping man, man chasing a rat under a bed, people fleeing a fire and a second slide with people heading the other way captioned "Who hollowed fire?"

44 items

[1860-1897]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Ethnic stereotypes

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0880

Ethnic stereotypes: men playing cards, including man in costume to appear Chinese; African Americans or European Americans in blackface depicting stereotypical situations, including the character of Sambo.

14 items

[1865-1890]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Evils of drink

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0881

Evils of drink: a temperance series of 12 views depicting the downward progress of man who takes to drink; disheveled man having a "nightcap" in his bedroom.

13 items

1870, 1892
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Holidays

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0882

Holidays: people attending a wake; family gathered for thanksgiving in New Hampshire; Christmas: Santa Claus looking up those who are good in a large book child waiting for Santa Claus, Santa visiting while child is asleep, Santa "bewildered by the clamoring of Christmas Belles," woman standing under mistletoe, ignored by roomful of men; group gathered for New Year's Ball, girl with New Year's greeting.

10 items

[1860-1880]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Male/Female Role reversal

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0883

Role reversal, including images depicting "the New Woman," often depicted in bloomer with bicycle; includes men serving in female roles such as cooking, doing laundry and child care; woman courting a man.

15 items

1876-1902
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Marriage

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0884

Marriage: man proposing, women dressing for wedding, wedding ceremonies and dinners, newlyweds alone, newlyweds decorating their home.

35 items

[1870-1907]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Marital infidelity

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0885

Marital infidelity: man caught with maid, man caught entertaining another woman at home, man lamenting leaving his wife for another woman, wife hiding lover under the table, man flirting with woman at the office.

9 items

[1899-1905]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Music and entertainments

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0886

Music and entertainment: Carol singers; a choir singing and in a dispute, group arriving and surprising couple with a party, couple in a museum, wife pulling husband away from a classical-style sculpture of a woman.

9 items

[1870]
Box: 86 Comic & Sentimental--Occupations

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0887

Occupations: woman selling oysters, a gravedigger, peddler in the stocks for not having a license, barbers working on customers, dentists, and shoe salesmen fitting women and being told "Don't get above your business"; post mistress in a village post office.

20 items

[1865- 1904]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--Outdoor activities

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0888

Outdoor activities: women swimming and relaxing near the water, including scene with perturbed man in a rowboat; skinny-dipping man trapped by women coming upon him; men and women fishing and romancing; girls feeding the ducks, man carrying woman through snowy scene; man feeding large dog at train station; woman harnessing buggy horse; man peering over fence and eavesdropping.

23 items

[1870-1900]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--Risque

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0889

Risqué views: bathing beauties; woman with flowers; woman asleep; painting of nude woman surrounded with flowers.

5 items

[1890-1900]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--Romance

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0890

Romance: young man and woman, entitled "her first beau"; couples kissing: under haystack, in parlors and kitchens, over a wall, in a buggy, and man with bicycle kissing the hand of a woman while another sneaks up with a broom; man wooing milk maid; couples caught fallen asleep in one another's arms and pulled apart by the ears; father frightening his daughter's suitor in his masquerade costume; woman challenging man to catch a butterfly; woman asleep dreaming of love.

29 items

[1860-1900]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--Women

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0891

Women: women socializing, drinking tea, gossiping, dressing to go out, playing at fencing.

15 items

[1860-1900]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--European, Alphabets des costumes

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0892

The letters A and Y from a series called Alphabet des costumes, the A depicting "Auvergnats," a farm family in their home, and the Y a group of Yankee men brawling in a tavern.

2 items

[1860]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--European, angels, dreams, ghosts

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0893

Angels, dreams and ghosts: man being confronted by a spirit; country man surprised by a ghost; woman dreaming of spirit called Mustard after seeing "Pepper's ghost"; "The ascension of Marguerite, angels bearing woman aloft; angels bending over bed of praying woman; angel looking over family bereft by grave of loved one; many of the views are made by using a double exposure.

8 items

[1850-1865]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--European, Characters & scenes

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0894

Characters and scenes: winter, showing a well to do couple and a poor woman; "Life's phases, showing well to do woman and ragged woman; [Irish] man reading sign advertising transportation to N.Y. on the Shamrock; woman dressed in costume of time of Charles II, holding hawk; two views depicting "exchange is no robbery": man exchanging his clothes for better, and women exchanging a rat for a rabbit; two views of a miser, one happy alone with his money, another fearful when someone intrudes; child flying through the air in a sieve to illustrate a text from Macbeth; two views illustrating "The old curiosity shop"; "Robinson Crusoe"; Little Red riding Hood; man trying to board an omnibus; couple in stocks; two scenes, possibly from the Crimea War time, one showing woman distraught after receiving a letter form the war, another a Highland soldier returning home to his cottage and his wife.

20 items

[1850-1865]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--European, Children

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0895

Children: parents and infants, including both mothers and fathers holding and feeding babies; portraits of children; children in school and having lessons; children with adults, including mothers and grandmothers; children playing, including a boy on a rocking horse, children playing dress-up, or dressed up as characters, playing marbles; boy with hurdy-gurdy thumbing his nose; boys being punished; boys fighting.

50 items

[1850-1870]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--European, Crinolines

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0896

Views poking fun at the fashion of crinolines: children playing dress up with barrel staves used for crinolines; immense crinolines, some interfering with social situations; crinolines and omnibuses; women asking a blessing on their crinolines.

12 items

[1850]
Box: 87 Comic & Sentimental--European, Domestic scenes

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0897

Domestic scenes: people sleeping, bathing, sleepwalking, couples: discussing politics, playing music, arguing, and in bed; man walking in on woman bathing; man looking for towel when he has soap in his eyes; man receiving the news of the birth of his son; man presented with twins; soldier returning home to find child that can't be his; view titled "Sold up" possibly depicting an auction of household items.

18 items

[1850-1860]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Entertainment

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0898

Entertainments, games, recreation: couple playing chess, groups playing blind-man's bluff; le jeu de la Main-Chaude; playing cards; playing music; calling on friends and entertaining at home, including dinner parties and salons, a masquerade, dancing, dining in a restaurant, attending theatre, people caroling, group of acrobats at Greenwich Fair, theatrical scenes, including woman on horseback and a print depicting a scene in William Tell; group of women at Court of St. James, a seaside excursion, groups on Derby day, including views of people in carts, wagons and omnibuses, betting and along the rail during the race, group picnicking, man hunting; woman.

56 items

[1850-1865]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Holidays

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0899

Holidays: people playing April Fool's jokes; a queen of the May; boys and Guy Fawkes effigy.

8 items

[1850-1860]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Occupations

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0900

Occupations: a lace maker; woman selling ducks and other fowl; barbers; fishwoman trying to sell a sole to a courting couple; a market scene.

6 items

[1850-1870]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Religion

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0901

Religion: four views of dioramas the Stations of the Cross; a funeral; baptisms; people entering, attending and leaving church, including a girl being turned out of church; group at confirmation; group receiving first communion; woman making confession; reception and profession of a Sister of Mercy; priest eating on a fast day; monks playing cards; monk sneaking a woman into a monastery.

22 items

[1850-1865]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Risque

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0902

Women in risqué situations including dressing, washing their feet, showing their legs on a swing, bending over a book; a ballerina standing on stage; two women punishing boy who was peaking at them; man walking in on woman in a hotel room; tradesmen looking at legs of maid who is washing step.

15 items

[1850-1870]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Romance and marriage

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0903

Romance and marriage: courtship in parlors, in shops, out of doors, in humble kitchens, through windows, serenading; reluctant love, bashful love; man dressing to go courting; woman looking out her door for her beau; "one too many"; May - December romance; women hiding lovers, including maid hiding lover and being romanced by the master, with the lover then beating-up the master; women being romanced by salesman; "the attentive maid"; woman eloping; man measuring woman's finger for wedding ring; dressing the bride; wedding parties with the priest; wedding party leaving the church; couple in their new home; monk looking at women; maid listening to shepherd playing flute.

53 items

[1850-1870]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Still-lifes

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0904

Still-lifes: table with food; vase of flowers; [both images damaged].

2 items

[1850]
Box: 88 Comic & Sentimental--European, Women

Scope and Contents

Identifier:PR-065-0905

Women: portraits; writing and sealing letters; maid reading letter over her mistresses shoulder; women sleeping, dressing and having their hair dressed, eating strawberries, having fortune read, breaking a wishbone; woman reading to another who is bed sick.

23 items

[1850-1870]

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