Postcard, Theatrical backdrop
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
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.