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A Skin Game Photograph

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3122

This collection houses one photograph, titled "A Skin Game," depicting three African-American men playing (and humorously cheating at) a game of poker. Information printed on the photograph itself reads "Copyright 1896 by Knaffl & Bro, Knoxville, Tenn."

Dates

  • 1896

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses one photograph, titled "A Skin Game," depicting three African-American men playing (and humorously cheating at) a game of poker. Information printed on the photograph itself reads "Copyright 1896 by Knaffl & Bro, Knoxville, Tenn."

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Knaffl (1861-1938) and his brother Charles opened a photographic studio called Knaffl & Brother on Gay Street in 1884. They specialized in unusual photographs, many of which depicted historic and religious themes. Their best known photograph was the Knaffl Madonna (1890), which won praise at the Photographer's Association of American Art Convention in Lake Chatauqua, N.Y., in 1899. Joseph died in 1938 and is buried in Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn.

Arrangement

Collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of the UTK Special Collections Library.

Related Materials

For similar collections, see MS.2512: The Early Knoxville Photographs Collection, c. 1870 - c. 1900, and MS.2129: The African-American Photography Collection, circa 1900-1910.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480