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The Big Sleepy: 1917

The Big Sleepy: 1917

Chicago circa 1917. "Rest period, Elizabeth McCormick Open Air School No. 2, on roof of Hull House boys club." Or, possibly, naptime on the set of "The Seventh Seal." View full size.

        The Open Air movement, which started in 1908 and ran through the 1930s, provided for the education of children with tuberculosis while at the same time crusading against "ventilating systems which do not ventilate." The movement (one subcategory of which was the "open window school") reflected a prevailing belief in the therapeutic powers of fresh air. Gelatin silver print by Burke-Atwell.

 

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