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Learning to Play: 1909

Learning to Play: 1909

"Immigrant children learning to play on the roof garden of the Washington School in Boston." October 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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Allright kids, now GBTW!!!

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses? Those shirtwaists aren't going to sew themselves!

Learning to play

I find that an interesting choice of words. Children need to learn how to play? I wonder if the children were from Beacon street the comment would have been, "Children of New England denizens learn to play..."

A bit haunting ...

Was that building a former prison or something similar?

The ironwork is almost graceful, but the (mesh) fencing seems somewhat out of place for the time period - considering how lax factories were w/shields and the like on machinery compared to nowadays - and the towers look like they could have been guard towers of some kind ...

[The mesh would be there to keep the kids' balls (and selves) from sailing off the roof. - Dave]

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