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Fantastic Fans


Folding fan of painted cream silk. 1840-1859. Museum of the City of New York. 73.155.11A.

In 2015, the Museum of the City of New York digitized and catalogued almost 300 hand fans—nearly fifty percent of our collection—thanks to a grant from the Fan Association of North America (FANA). This past summer, FANA provided the Museum with another generous award, which allowed us to digitize and make publicly available an additional 116 fans. All of the fans highlighted in this post were digitized during this most recent drive and are presented here for the first time.

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This entry was posted on January 11, 2018 by in Costumes and Textiles, Digital Project.

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