Beals at Work, 1904 Postcard

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Beals at Work, is a postcard that depicts Jessie Tarbox Beals (18701942) in 1904.  The postcard commemorates the exhibition Women's Work, on view July 21, 2023 - July 7, 2024

  • 4 x6 in.
  • Made in USA


Beals photographed herself accompanied by the tools of her trade, indicating her professional status.  Beals, who won her first camera in 1888 as a premium for selling magazine subscriptions, often included her own equipment in many self-portraits to claim her status as a professional photojournalist. As she wrote in 1904, all a woman needed to succeed in the field was "health and strength, a fair photographic outfit, and the ability to hustle, which is the most necessary qualification."

 The Center for Women’s History new exhibition showcases approximately 45 objects from New-York Historical’s own Museum and Library collections to demonstrate how “women’s work” defies categorization. Curated by the Center for Women’s History curatorial staff and fellows. 

Item Number: 23145