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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Board of Directors: 1908

Board of Directors: 1908

New York City, May 1908. "Children's Aid Society." The meeting will now come to order. I make a motion for apple juice! 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Ring For Service

Sweet as the children are, I was amazed by that velvet and macrame mantle drapery, which surely kept the fireplace cozy and safe from drafts. Then I looked a bit closer at what I had initially taken for three macrame tassels in front of the enclosed coal grate, and realized that they are Indian brass claw bells, sometimes called elephant bells. That's a late Victorian decorative touch one couldn't have predicted.

Must be Halloween

They're all wearing Ghost costumes.

105 years later

The Children's Aid Society is still around, still going strong.

Adoption

If those little ones had been born a few decades later, they would have had no trouble being adopted. By the mid-1970s, when my husband and I first started trying to adopt, there would have been ten families for each child in that age range. I wonder how many of them ever did find families.

As Peter said, the Children's Aid Society is still around. They have an agency about 20 miles from me, here in Utah. It was one of those that we checked out back in the 70s.

Aaaaawww factor

This is one of the cutest photos I've ever seen. These kids are just extraordinary with no fidgeting, no crying, just sitting still and waiting patiently with no restraints, no seat belts, no sitting helmets, just very well behaved. I particularly have to laugh at the littlest one at the far right end (foot) of the table. It defines the word "adorable". Thank you for cheering me up today.

 
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