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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Miss Mary's Party: 1909

Miss Mary's Party: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Connecticut. "Miss Mary Graham Jones of the Social Settlement and few of the newsboys (all 10 years old and younger) that she invited to a Sunday afternoon party. In two days she secured the names of 39 newsboys and girls 10 and under. There are more in Hartford." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

A Spunky Looking Bunch

Warmly dressed and well-shod. By the standards of the time, barely downtrodden at all.

Interesting faces, but

The little guy on the far left made his own. And it works!

Newsboys' Home(s)

My grandmother moved from NYC to Chicago in 1875 and became head of "Newsboys' Home." I have no knowledge of what services were provided, but one assumes at least a place to sleep. Later she moved to Indianapolis to run a newsboys' home there.

Mary Graham Jones

From what I've been able to find so far Mary Graham Jones was the head of the settlement house starting in 1898. There is (or was) a Mary Graham Jones Playground in Hartford.

Let's party!

What a party! At least there's no need to refrigerate the hors d'oeuvres.

 
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