Everett Shinn papers

A Finding Aid to the Everett Shinn papers

Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington, Delaware
2003


Accessioned: Gift of Janet Shinn Flemming, 1977-1978
Extent: 18 linear feet
Processed: Sarena Fletcher, 2005
Access: Unrestricted
Contact Information:

Helen Farr Sloan Library
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chronology of Everett Shinn
Scope and Contents Note
Organization of the Papers
Description of the Papers

 

CHRONOLOGY OF EVERETT SHINN

1876 – Shinn is born in Woodstown, New Jersey, of Isaiah Shinn and Josephine Ransley Shinn.

1876-1878 – Woodstown Years.

1988-1890 – Studies engineering and industrial design at the Spring Garden Institute, Philadelphia.

1890-1893 – Works for Thackeray Gas Fixture Works, Philadelphia.

1893-1897 – Studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Also works for the Philadelphia Press as staff artist. Meets George Luks, William Glackens, John Sloan and Robert Henri.

1895 – Luks and Glackens join the staff of the Philadelphia Press. Sloan joins later in the year.

1898 – Shinn marries Florence Scovel, illustrator and member of Philadelphia’s prestigious Biddle family.

1899 – Meets Clyde Fitch, Elsie de Wolf, Stanford White, David Belasco. Begins decoration of houses.

1900 – Has another large, all-media show at Boussod-Valadon. Travels to England and France. Has exhibition in Paris. Becomes well known as illustrator for Harper’s Weekly.

1901 – Has a number of exhibitions at Boussod-Valadon, Pennsylvania Academy, St. Louis Art Museum, etc.

1903 – Large exhibition at M. Knoedler and Co., New York.

1904 – Large one-man show Durance Ruel, New York.

1905 – Large one-man show at E. Gimpel and Wildenstein, New York.

1906 – Does illustrations for Frédérique by de Kock. Stanford White is shot by Harry K. Thaw.

1907 – David Belasco’s Stuyvesant Theatre opens in New York. Shinn decorated this theatre.

1908 – February 3-18: Exhibition of The Eight at Macbeth Gallery, New York. Show travels to PAFA, Art Institute of Chicago, and Buffalo and Toledo Museums.

1910 – Exhibition of Independent Artists, 29. W. 35th St., New York.

1911 – Completes murals in Council Room, City Hall, Trenton, New Jersey.

1912 – Shinn’s first wife, Florence, divorces him amidst a great to-do in the press. Produces plays with his friends at his Waverly Street Studio.

1913 – Receives invitation to exhibit in the famous Armory Show. Refuses invitation or ignores it. Marries Corinne Baldwin.

1915 – Birth of Janet Shinn. Theodore Dreiser’s book The Genius is published. Main character supposedly based on Shinn.

1916 – Birth of David Shinn.

1917 – Starts work for Sam Goldwyn at Goldwyn Pictures as art director.

1920 – Leaves Goldwyn and works as art director for Inspiration Pictures. Meets Gertrude Chase. Has exhibition at Knoedler’s.

1921 – Divorced from Corinne, his second wife.

1923 – Leaves Inspiration Pictures to work for William Randolph Hearst at Cosmopolitan Pictures as art director.

1924 – Marries Gertrude Chase. Decorates several houses on Long Island with Rococo Revivalist murals.

1932 – Divorced by Gertrude Chase. Again, lurid newspaper headlines. Meets Charles T. Henry, one of his closest friends for the rest of his life.

1933 – Marries Paula Downing. Headlines again.

1935 – Goes to Boston to do drawings of murder trial for the Boston Traveler.

1937 – Exhibits at the Whitney Museum.

1939 – Receives Walter F. Blair prize for watercolor at the 18th Annual Watercolor Exhibition, Chicago Art Institute.

1942 – Divorced from Paula Downing Shinn.

1943-1948 – Represented by Feragil Galleries, New York. Exhibition of The Eight, Brooklyn Museum.

1944 – Exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh.

1945 – Exhibits at Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Painters of the Philadelphia Press.”

1946-1949 – Exhibits in several shows at the American-British Art Center.

1949 – Made Academician, Painter Class, of the National Academy of Design.

1950-1951 – Exhibits at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1952 – James Graham & Sons, New York, begin to represent Shinn. Travels to Florida to visit Charles T. Henry. Does beautiful paintings of circus winter quarters in Sarasota.

1953 – May 1: dies, in New York Hospital.

1955 – Charles T. Henry acquires Shinn estate from Graham and family.

Taken from Edith de Shazo, Everett Shinn 1876 – 1953:  A Figure in His Time (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1974)

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS NOTE

Thurston H. Thacher purchased this material from David Shinn (Everett Shinn’s son) of Rhinebeck, New York, in the mid to late 1950s. The original black and white negatives, prints, and “clip art” were part of the artists’ personal portfolio/record of his work. Among them are some negatives and prints where Shinn indicated he destroyed them, others have various notes as to where, when and the identity of the models he painted.

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ORGANIZATION OF THE PAPERS

Series I. Biographical 
Series II. Correspondence
Series III. Financial – Legal
Series IV. Organizations
Series V. Exhibitions
Series VI. Galleries
Series VII. Printed Matter 
Series VIII. Clippings
Series IX. Everett Shinn’s Writings
Series X. Illustrations
Series XI. Sketches
Series XII. Photographs

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DESCRIPTION OF THE PAPERS

 

Series I. Biographical

Box 1

Folder 1 – Photocopy of birth certificate, State Library of New Jersey

Folder 2 – Obituary

Folder 3 – N. Snellenburg & Co. Clothiers, Hatters & Men’s Furnishers – Philadelphia (Prize awarded to Everett Shinn for drawing contest) 1890 accompanied by note by Everett Shinn explaining its rumpled state 1951

 

Series II. Correspondence

Box 1, continued

Folder 1 – Correspondence, 1904, 1912, 1916, 1917

Folder 2 – Correspondence, 1922, 1924

Folder 3 – Correspondence, 1929, 1930

Folder 4 – Correspondence, 1932

Folder 5 – Correspondence, 1933

Folder 6 – Correspondence, 1934

Folder 7 – Correspondence, 1935

Folder 8 – Correspondence, 1936

Folder 9 – Correspondence, 1937

Folder 10 – Correspondence, 1938

Folder 11 – Correspondence, 1939

Folder 12 – Correspondence, 1940

Folder 13 – Correspondence, 1941

Folder 14 – Correspondence, 1942

Folder 15 – Correspondence, 1943

Folder 16 – Correspondence, 1944

Folder 17 – Correspondence, 1945

Folder 18 – Correspondence, 1946

Folder 19 – Correspondence, 1947

Folder 20 – Correspondence, 1948

Folder 21 – Correspondence, 1949

Folder 22 – Correspondence, 1950

Folder 23 – Correspondence, 1951

Folder 24 – Correspondence to Shinn, Undated

Folder 25 – Correspondence from Shinn

Folder 26 – Correspondence, Shinn Davidson, Miscellaneous

 

Series III. Financial – Legal

Series III. Financial – Legal includes pages of lists, receipts, etc. from the accounts of Thurston H. Thacher documenting some of his inventory, correspondences and sales.

Box 2

Financial

Alimony paid to Corrine B. Shinn
Miscellaneous receipts
Storage lists and receipts – Catskill, NY 1922 – 24, Leeds, NY, 1922

Legal

1821 – 2 photocopies of records estate of Gurney to Earl Shinn

April 1912 – Agreement between Everett Shinn and Arthur Hopkins regarding “Hazel Weston”

1914 – Famous Authors, Inc. – certificate of voluntary dissolution

March 1915- 1916 – Guy Bolton agreed to write a play with Everett Shinn on Dickens’ Edwin Drood

1916 – Matter of Herman Cooper – a suit against Everett Shinn

February 1917 – Agreement between Everett Shinn and Charles Withers regarding wronged from the start “Hazel Weston”

April 1917 – Two unsigned agreements between Everett Shinn and Goldwyn Pictures

January 1918 – Agreement between Everett Shinn and Rolfe and Maddock re: “For Pity’s Sake”

April 18, 1993 – Regarding divorce decree

April 1935 – Agreement between Everett Shinn and Cecil Spooner re: exterior street of the dump

1933 – 1934 – Agreements regarding a scheme for advertising cigarettes – Everett Shinn and Earl Blossom, Paul Smith and Raymond Jack

1936 – Letter about a claim against Tower Magazine

1940 – Letter from Department of Motor Vehicles, Connecticut

1942 – Letter from Estate of Robert Buckley

Copyright 1900, 1907, 1911, 1912 – Forms and letters

 

Series IV. Organizations

Box 2, continued

Folder 1 – American Academy of Arts & Letters

Folder 2 – Lotos Club

Folder 3 – National Academy of Design

Folder 4 – National Arts Club

Folder 5 – National Institute of Arts & Letters

Folder 6 – Salamagundi Club

Folder 7 – Theodore III Club – Flyers for puzzles, photocopy, and photograph

 

Series V. Exhibitions

Box 2, continued

Series V. Exhibitions is not a comprehensive listing of exhibitions featuring works by the artist.

Folder 1 – Copy of Shinn’s ledger book, 1899 – April 1912 (original at Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC)
Folder 2 – 1899 – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; “Exhibition of Pastels by ES”; Announcement; Photo of announcement; 2 photos of the list of pastels

Folder 3 – 1908 – Detroit Museum of Art; “Paintings by Eight American Artists”; Photocopy of catalog cover and list

Folder 4 – 1937 – Whitney Museum of American Art; “New York Realists”; letters dated 1936-1937-1938

Folder 5 – 1941 – Whitney Museum of American Art; “This is Our City”; telegram to ES from Juliana Force had borrowed two pastels from Gertrude Chase

Folder 6 – 1938 – Museum of the City of New York; April to November “History of the Circus from Noah’s Ark to New York”; ES loaned two paintings; letters

Folder 7 – 1938 – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; First Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary American Painting; form letter of thanks for participating

Folder 8 – 1939 – Art Institute of Chicago; 18th International Watercolor Exhibition; “Early Morning, Paris” won a prize; letter from Daniel Cotton Rich to Robert MacBeth

Folder 9 – 1940 – Carnegie Institute Department of Fine Arts; November 1944 “Survey of American Painting”

Folder 10 – 1943 – Brooklyn Museum of Art; “The Eight” November 1943 – January 1944; Photocopy of the catalog; corrected galleys of “Recollections of the Eight”; correspondence with John Bows; forms

Folder 11 – 1944 – Founder’s Day exhibition; Painting in the United States 1944

Folder 12 – 1944 – Museum of Modern Art; circulated “The Eight” exhibition; folder of correspondence with curator

Folder 13 – 1944 – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; “Sport in American Art”; folder of correspondence

Folder 14 – 1945 – Philadelphia Museum of Art; “Artists of the Philadelphia Press”; Photocopy of Altschul’s catalog invitation to private view; letters from curator; letter from Zigrosser asking about the artists and telling ES about the Archives of American Art

Folder 15 – 1946 – Founder’s Day exhibition; Painting in the United States 1946

Folder 16 – 1950 – Metropolitan Museum of Art; “American Painting Today 1950″; letters

Folder 17 – 1950 – University of Kansas Museum of Art; “Contemporary American Book Illustration”; catalog and loan form

Folder 18 – 1950 – Fellowship of PAFA exhibition; invitation to exhibit

Folder 19 – 1959 – University of Pittsburgh, Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Department; “Everett Shinn, 1876-1953: An Exhibition of His Work”; 2 catalogs

Folder 20 – 1960 – Delaware Art Center; “50th Anniversary of the Exhibition of Independent Artists”; catalog

Folder 21 – 1973 – Delaware Art Museum & New Jersey State Museum; “Everett Shinn, 1873-1953″; Photocopy of catalog; 2 catalogs; folder of reviews

Folder 22 – 2005 – Davis & Langdale Company, Inc.; “Works on Paper” catalog

 

Series VI. Galleries

Box 3

Folder 1 – American British Art Center 1942-1949 – correspondence and catalogs

Folder 2 – Boussod, Valadon 1899-1901 – invitation, catalog, photos

Folder 3 – Durand – Ruel 1904 – invitation, photos of catalog

Folder 4 – Feragil Galleries 1936-1949 – correspondence, lists, catalog, agreements, Goodbye, Feragil 1958

Folder 5 – Gimpel & Wildenstein – announcement of exhibition – no date

Folder 6 – Graham Gallery – James Graham & Sons 1952-1965 – catalogs 1952, 1958, 1965; letter to Janet Fleeuning & Davidson Shinn from Robert Graham January 26, 1955

Folder 7 – Grand Central Galleries 1944-1951 – correspondence, receipts

Folder 8 – Charles Henry 1932-1953 – correspondence 1932-1939; printed tribute after death of ED

Folder 9 – Illustrators Society Galleries 1949-1950 – invitation – exhibit from Charles T. Henry collection; lists of pictures; letter from C. Henry to Society of Illustrators 12/9/49

Folder 10 – Knoedler Galleries 1903-1920 – 1903 – Photocopy of sketch for catalog cover; 1920 – catalog and 2 sets of photos of it

Folder 11 – Metropolitan Galleries 1932 – carbon of Shinn’s signed loan form. August 12, 1932; had left photographs and a drawing with them

Folder 12 – Milch Galleries 1938-1942 – lists of pictures at gallery; letter to ES January 17, 1940– picture sold

Folder 13 – Robinson Galleries, Miami Beach 1950-1951 – correspondence, list of pictures

Folder 14 – Scott & Fowles – Catalog (no date) of group show

Folder 15 – Marie Sterner 1935 – List of pictures sent October 31, 1935

Folder 16 – James Vigeolno Galleries, Los Angeles 1947-1948-1949-1950-1951 – Correspondence, catalogs, lists

 

Series VII. Printed Matter

Box 4

Everett Shinn 1876-1953:  A Figure in His Time (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1974) (2 copies

Jerome Myers: An Artist in Manhattan, 1867-1967 (Wilmington, DE: Delaware Art Museum, 1967)

The Life and Times of John Sloan (Wilmington, DE: Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, 1961)

New York Cultural Center – Robert Henri 1969

William Glackens in Retrospect (Saint Louis, MO: Saint Louis Art Museum, 1966)

Journal of the Archives of American Art – Vol. 6, No. 1, January 1966

Theodore Dreiser, The Genius, 1946

Ira Glackens, William Glackens and the Ashcan Group: The Emergence of Realism in American Art (New York: Crown Publishers, 1957)

Woodstown, NJ, First National Bank Almanac and yearbook 1902- 1914, 1912-1921

Farm journal, farm directory, of Salem Co., NU, 1913

 

Box 5

Folder 1 – The first night in David Belasco’s Stuyvesant Theatre, October 16, 1907

Folder 2 – Hard-bound book and program, illustrated

Folder 3 – Notebook of typed poems

Folder 4 – Envelope of poems

Folder 5 – Folder of miscellaneous material

 

Box 6

Florence Scovel Shinn – The Game of Life and how to Play it (2 copies); Your Word is Your Wand

Salem County, NJ, Tercentenary Committee – Fenwick’s colony

Auction catalogs

 

Series VIII. Clippings

Box 7

Folder 1

1899 – Philadelphia paper account of Shinn’s exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Folder 2

1904 – Public Ledger, March 27; Philadelphia Inquirer, March 27

1903 – The Craftsman, February – “The Younger American Painters” (photocopy)

1908 – Evening Sun, June 6 – Theodore III Club (photocopy)

 

Folder 3

1912 – Newspaper clippings – divorce from Flossie; Newspaper clippings – “Lucy Moore”

 

Folder 4

1913 – Newspaper clipping – marriage to Corrine Baldwin

1914 – International Studio, January – “A revival of 18th century French art” (photocopy)

Folder 5

1917 – The Sun, September 2 – “Polly of the Circus”

1917 – Vanity Fair, October – Art in the Movies Promotion booklet for Hearst magazine.

Folder 6

1918 – New York Evening Mail, February 12 – “Head Harry Whitney’s studio” (photocopy)

 

Folder 7

1923 – International Studio, October – “Everett Shinn, the Versatile” by Louis H. Frohman, pages 85-89.

1924 – Arts & Decoration, November – “Modern Murals done in French Spirit”

 

Folder 8

1925 – Bridgeport Sunday Post, August 23 – “Is Napoleon Bonaparte Buried in Secret New Jersey Vault?”; Westporter’s discoveries

 

Folder 9

1932 – 1933 – Divorce from Gertrude – clippings

1933 – April – marriage to Paula Downing; clippings

 

Folder 10

1934 –April – clippings about Millers – Fabers trial, also photos

 

Folder 11

1935 – Art Digest, March 1 “Shinn: His Exhibition” (photocopy); TIME, March 11 – “One of Eight”

1935 –Monitor Register, March 21 – Woodstown, NJ “Everett Shinn, artist, stage lover”

 

Folder 12

1937 – Parnassas, March – “Realism Undefeated”

 

Folder 13

1938 – New York Times, January – Gallatin Collection

1939 – Monitor, Woodstown, March 30 – Art Prize (photocopy); Waterbury Republican, April 23 – “Shinn, news…” (photocopy)

1939 – Penns Grove Record, March 30 – Photocopy art winners; Art Digest, April 1 – “Shinn, Nichols Win at Chicago International,” pages 13, 28 – ?

1943 – Art Digest, January 15 – “Nostalgic Art of ES” (photocopy and clipping); Ad for Shinn illustrated books; Herald, Lubec, Maine, December 9 – Shinn’s illustrated books; Art Digest, December “Brooklyn Revives Memories of the Eight”

Folder 14

1945 – Art Digest, February 15 – “Shinn Takes Us Back” by Ben Wolf (photocopy and clipping);

American Artist, October – “The Versatile Art of ES”

1946 – Art Digest, December 1 – “Nostalgic Memories of Everett Shinn” by Ben Wolf

1947 – Los Angeles Times, February 23 – James Vigereno Galleries (photocopy)

 

Folder 15

1948 – Newspaper photo of 112 Waverly Place, just sold; Publisher’s Weekly, May 1 – A series on history of book illustrating

1949 – Syracuse Post – Standard, July – Sleeping Clown purchased (photocopy); World Telegram, New York, January 24 – “ES 73, as Vital as his art” (2 copies)

 

Folder 16

1950 – Art Digest, January 1 – “Shinn’s era Perpetuated”; Town & Village, October 5 – “The Studio of ES”

Folder 17

1951 – Answers to queries – November 12; Current biography May 1951; The New Yorker, May 26

 

Folder 18

1952 – New York Times, November 2 – “Last of The Eight”; Art Digest, November 15 –”ES, Lone Survivor”

1954 – Art News, November – “The Eight’s Battle…” (photocopy)
Folder 19

1956 – TIME, May 14 – “Yale Collectors” (2 copies); Art in America, Spring – “The Eight” (photocopy)

 

Folder 20

1957 – Youngstown Vindicator, September 22 – “Dancer in White” acquired (photocopy); New York Times, February 24

1958 – Life, March 3 – “Ashcan Anniversary”

1959 – Review of exhibition University of Pittsburgh

1969 – St. Petersburg? review (photocopy); American Art Journal, Spring – “The Exhibition of The Eight” (photocopy)

 

Folder 21

1975 – New York Times, January 27 – Renovation of Belasco Theater; Courier Post, February 15; This Week Magazine, April 27

1978 – Wilmington Sunday News Journal – DAM gets Shinn papers

1981 – Arts Magazine, October – The Trenton Mural

 

Folder 22 – Undated

Flyer advertising the Bailiwick as a vacation resort; Lou Fairchild (Corrine Shinn’s husband); Pictures of exterior and 3 rooms

 

Series IX. Shinn’s Writing

Box 8 - Notebook with Shinn’s handwritten scripts for 3 plays

– Talks or notes on:
Advertising
Art and art criticism
Beauty
City streets
The Eight
Metropolitan Museum
Philadelphia artist – reporters
Religion
Trenton murals
Miscellaneous subjects

– On the following people:
David Belasco
George Bellows
Poultney Bigelow
William Glackens
William Randolph Hearst George Luks
Mark Twain
Stanford White
Alexander Woolcott

 

Box 9 - Autobiographical notes

 

Box 10, 11, 12 - Theatrical scripts

 

Series X. Illustrations

Box 13

Folder 1 – America’s Humor, May, July 1928 (scrapbook)

Folder 2 – Belasco’s Theatre – program 1907

Folder 3 – Bookman, August 1911

Folder 4 – Books – The Salamander by Owen Johnson, [1914], A Christmas CarolThe Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, [1940], the Works of Charles De Kock

Folder 5 – Books – Photocopies – Toby TylerThe Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale, [1938]; The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens, 1941; A Christmas CarolThe Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens, 1939; The Night Before Christmas by Charles Dickens, 1938; Unidentified

Folder 6 – The Boston Traveler, April 1934 (Trial)

Folder 7 – Century Magazine #1, February 1901

Folder 8 – Century Magazine #2, Stories with illustrations October 1915, February, March 1916

Folder 9 – Christmas Cards

Folder 10 – Esquire, March 1935

Folder 11 – Harper’s Weekly, October 4, 1913; October 9, 1915; May 1914; undated

Folder 12 – Hearst International, August, September, October 1921

Folder 13 – McClure’s, April 1914 (Salamander)

Folder 14 – Puck, June 17, 1916; March 1918

Folder 15 – Redbook, Illustration printed from microfilm – January 1922 (also story from magazine), April, March or May, June, July, August, September, October 1922 – July, August September, October, November, November (2), 1923 – January, March, May 1924 – February, March, May, June, August, November 1925 – July, August 1926 – (Poems – 1922, ?, ?, – Redbook?)

Folder 16 – Painted door in home of George H. Townsend – early 20′s

Folder 17 – Scrapbook (see American Humor)

Folder 18 – Stories – written under pseudonym?

Folder 19 – Book – The Paintings of Fran Hals / by N.S. Trivas. New York: Oxford University Press, 1941. (The Phaidon Press complete edition.) (Gift of Jan Thacher, 63 Falconer Street Beacon, NY 12508)

 

Box 14, Oversize

Folder 1 – Des Moines Sunday Register, January 30, 1927

Folder 2 – Gil Blas, November 16, 1895, 2 photocopies November 9, 1895

Folder 3 – Harper’s Weekly Christmas SupplementHarper’s Weekly, February 1990

Folder 4 – The Martian, Vol. I, No. 21, February 2, 1919; Morning Telegraph, December 3, 1911

Folder 5 – The Sun, January 24, February 7, 1915 – unidentified

Folder 6 – Unidentified clippings

 

Series XI. Sketches

Box 14, continued

Folder 1 – 3 sheets of cardboard mounted sketch on each side; House plans

Folder 2 – Illustrated letter to Charles Henry September 17, 1951; Watercolor (Jack the Giant Killer: the Giant?); Sketch with watercolor – plan for a garden; Dummy for a book (The Christ Story?). Profile in ink of Christ on cover, notes by Everett Shinn inside

Folder 3 – Drawings for stage sets and architectural ornaments

Folder 4 – Schoolbook containing sketches

Folder 5 – Sketchbook – house plans, etc.

 

Series XII.  Photographs

Series XII. Photographs were originally indexed in two notebooks by Library staff.

Box 15 – Friends and relatives
Box 16 – Everett Shinn, Houses, Woodstown, Miscellaneous
Box 17 – Chic Sale, Stage sets and actors, Paintings, murals and decorations
Box 18 – Movies
Box 19 – Movies
Box 20 – Small – Friends and relatives, Everett Shinn, Houses
Box 21 – Oversize
Box 22 – Negatives

 

Categories

1 – Friends and relatives
2 – Shinn
3 – Houses
4 – Woodstown
5 – New York
6 – Chic Sale
7 – Stage sets and actors
8 – Paintings, murals, and decorations; book illustrations
9 – Miscellaneous
10 – Movies

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