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Is Bad at Times: 1913

Is Bad at Times: 1913

September 16, 1913. Jimmie Chinquanana [?], 11 Hamilton Street, New York. In dark, inner room of his home, in the rear of their store. He is the ninth child, six of whom are dead. Father abused the wife; drinks. Boy below grade; is bad at times. Further data in their files; #894 Nurse Investigator Records, Department of Public Charities. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine in cooperation with the Clearing House for Mental Defectives, 303 East 20th Street. View full size.

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"Bad at times"

Gee, can't imagine acting up in that environment.

On the bed

What's that sitting on the bed beside her?

[A box of matches. - Dave]

Lizzie Borden had an ax

I always wondered why Lizzie had such ready access to an ax living in the city. I never thought of it as essential kitchen tool before. Interesting the little side things you learn from these pictures.

Thank You

Thank you for making such an interesting blog available. I came to you this a.m. via You were listed as one of the best blogs that you've never read!

These are such amazing photographs. Really taking me back in time as I peruse them.

[Thanks, Jill! We're working on the "never read" part. - Dave]

Imbeciles, Morons, Idiots

Interesting pie chart in the 1913 NYT article linked here.

ShorpyBlog post.

Clearing House for Mental Defectives

What a great phrase. Conjures so much.

Most of the Google hits point to one Leta Stetter Hollingsworth, a pioneering female psychologist who worked for the Clearing House for Mental Defectives after graduating from Columbia in 1913. Little or nothing to do with the family here, though.

Apparently it was a part of the New York Deptartment of Public Charities.

[Interesting. N.Y. Times article here.- Dave]


That frame with the postcard images at right seems so inadequate...

Does anyone know

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