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

Date/Time

Sep 10, 2019 to Jan 5, 2020
10:00 AM until 05:00 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Description

September 10, 2019–January 5, 2020 

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

Cost

$6-$20 per nonmember. Members free.

Location

View map Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE

Additional Information

Sponsor

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Phone

800-448-388

Contact name

Information and Tours

Contact email

tourinfo@winterthur.org

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