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The Graduates: 1908

The Graduates: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Self-supporting graduates of the Crippled Children's School, Henry Street." Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Strings Attached

Does anyone know what those small ropes attached to the underside of the armrests on their chairs are for?


Looks like they are doing embroidery, which has pretty much fallen out of style. Used to be on all kinds of cloth, clothes, dishtowels, framed samplers, pillowcases--I remember my Grandmother and Great Aunts had all sorts of embroidery around the house, and gave gifts of his and her pillowcases for wedding presents, hankies with initials on them, sachets--I didn't realize how much I missed seeing all that until I saw these young ladies doing their work.

Sheltered workshop

These days, their business would be referred to as a sheltered workshop, like Goodwill Industries, or Lighthouse For The Blind.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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