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Postcard, Theatrical backdrop

This is a postcard. It was designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer. It is dated 1909 and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is printed postcard. It is a part of the department.

Kauffer’s parents divorced when he was three, and he was temporarily placed in an orphanage. Reunited with his mother after two years, Kauffer spent his youth in Evansville, Indiana. At 13, Kauffer left school to paint scenery at the local opera house. Soon after, he joined a traveling theater troupe. In 1909, Kauffer sent his parents this postcard of his design for a theatrical backdrop, proudly signed with his name and the date.

This object was donated by Grace Schulman. It is credited Gift of Grace Schulman.

Its dimensions are

8.7 × 13.7 cm (3 7/16 × 5 3/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Postcard, Theatrical backdrop; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); printed postcard; 8.7 × 13.7 cm (3 7/16 × 5 3/8 in.); Gift of Grace Schulman; 1997-134-1-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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