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Coney Island Orphans: 1911

Coney Island Orphans: 1911

Orphans going to Coney Island (Luna Park). June 7, 1911. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

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5,000 Youngsters from City Institutions Have Their Annual Motor Outing to Resort.


310 Volunteer Automobiles Provide the General Joy Ride -- Children Bedraggled, but Happy.

If the population of New York's orphanages and child-caring institutions had been made up of adults instead of immune and undamagable youth there would be no less than 5,000 cases of adult indisposition to-day, ranging all the way from cold-in-the-head to pneumonia as a result of the seventh annual outing of the New York Orphans' Automobile Association, which took that number of orphaned children for an all-day's excursion in the pouring rain to Luna Park yesterday. As it was, however, when the youngsters motored luxuriously back to their parentless homes there wasn't a complaint or a sneeze or a headache or even a case of popcorny indigestion among them. Every one was hoarsely talkative and happy, wet as all of them were."

June 8, 1911, Thursday Page 11, 1004 words
NY Times Archive

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