Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 1

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Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 1

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01788
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 1
Historic Street Address: 1420 Locust Street
Historic Street Address: Broad & Locust Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Notes:

Item pdcc00064, top [image dimensions 15.5 cm x 14.0 cm]:

Publication year: 1875.

http://www.academyofmusic.org/fs_history.htm

The illustration shows well-dressed people entering the academy for an evening event. Top hats and fancy shawls are in evidence, and a uniformed doorman salutes a gentleman who has just passed beyond the threshold. A young couple in evening dress are climbing the few steps leading to the open doors of the building. A crowd of people fill the sidewalk opposite the brightly lit entrance to the theatre. Some can be seen alighting from hansom cabs lining the kerb. In the left foreground, an elderly gentleman and child stand hand-in-hand on the sidewalk looking on at the scene, which is illuminated by gas lanterns.

Illustration from A Century After, Edward Strahan, ed. Phila,: Allan, Lane, Scott & Lauderbach 1875.

Item pdcc00065, bottom [image dimensions 16.5 cm x 15.5 cm]:

http://www.academyofmusic.org/fs_history.htm

The illustration prominently features ladies and gentlemen in elegant evening dress inside the vestibule of the Academy of Music.  In the foreground a lady wears a long ruffled bustle gown.  Her male escort is wearing a top hat and dress coat. Also shown is a man wearing a monocle and ladies wearing shawls. The ladies' hairdressing is also carefully described. Note they are  all wearing their hair "up" in various ways.

Architectural details of the vestibule are delineated, particularly in the decoration of the metal lighting standards and chandeliers.


Geocode Latitude: Geocode Latitude:39.948226
Geocode Longitude:-75.164583

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.2
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler