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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Ann Fulton Club: 1918

Ann Fulton Club: 1918

New York, 1918. "Ann Fulton Club." Question of the Day: Who was Ann Fulton? 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Footwear

It's interesting to see that while some of the ladies' shoes are 'standard' high-button models, the woman in the center is in pumps - but provided with spats for the purpose. I detect dress standards & proper decorum being observed. Ankles!

Ann-Fulton Street

The Times uses it here (1904) in its hyphenated form.

Was she

founder of a charity club for homely, ill-dressed girls & boys?

Today

The building at 115 Fulton Street that once housed the Ann Fulton YWCA is long gone, the site being occupied by a 7-story office and retail building dating to the early 1960s.

A juxtaposition

Perhaps Ann Fulton is not a person but an area - referring to three blocks in New York's financial district, east of Broadway, that are bounded on the north by Ann Street and on the south by Fulton Street. The address of the YWCA (115 Fulton) would be on one such block.

A Guess

There is a surprising lack of online information concerning Ms. Fulton, but as far as I can tell, Ann Fulton was a founding member of the Longwood Progressive Meeting of Friends, a Quaker abolitionist group founded and active in Chester County, PA, that may have been an important part of the Underground Railroad. There may be more to the story but that was all I could find.

A clue

I found this poster for the Ann Fulton YWCA that may be helpful.

Shall we dance?

I think the man in the hallway wants to cut in!

Ann Fulton

Internationally renowned tango instructor.

Spike in Google searches for Ann Fulton

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