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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

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.

 

Strings Attached

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

Embroidery

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.

 
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