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Open for Business: Photography, Trade, and Self-Image, 1870–1950

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Open for Business: Photography, Trade, and Self-Image, 1870–1950

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

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December 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Occurs 20 more times through Jan 5 View All Dates
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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
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$6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

A 19th-century prosthetics workshop, a jazz club featured in the Green Book, and a Polish-American car dealership are vastly different businesses, but owners and workers at all three turned to photography to portray themselves and their work. Open for Business: Photography, Trade, and Self-Image, 1870–1950, a student-curated exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, examines how photography helped small business owners to advertise and represent their shops, goods, and workers. Visitors will encounter historic photographs and objects and explore how entrepreneurship and photography were intertwined. By partnering with the Delaware Historical Society, Open for Business also showcases local business histories, including popular 20th-century Wilmington locales such as The Spot Café, Elsie’s Chicken, and Federal Bakery. The exhibit includes personal interviews and crowdsourced photographs in addition to more than 30 objects from the Winterthur and Delaware Historical Society collections. It will be on view in the Winterthur Galleries.

Photo credit: Courtesy, Winterthur Library

 

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