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Children Playing in Garbage Can

Children Playing in Garbage Can
CSS Description
(Negative on file) Box 297 Folder 8 #1891 Stamped Jessie Tarbox Beals In Bagdad on the Subway; A Periodical of Association [AICP] News No. 6, December 1918, p. 5. Girl only, and garbage can, illustration in article entitled, "Annexing Mulberry Bend to the U.S.A." pp. 5-6, 10-11. Caption: In a Mulberry Bend Court. (As anyone can see, the picture was taken on the street, not in a rear court. Was a ragged child in a rear court thought to be more touching than one rummaging in a garbage can on the street?) Article begins: "It is in that part of the city of which Jacob Riis often spoke and wrote. It runs from Canal Street south to Houston Street north, from Broadway west to Bowery east. Within that area are three of the Health Department sanitary areas that are among the most congested in the city. . . . "Here it was that the Educational Nursing Bureau of the A.I.C.P. decided last May to attempt some public health work. Prenatal nurses began the work by house-to-house canvass for the purpose of giving to expectant mothers such instruction as should insure a normal,'healthy baby, a well, strong mother prepared to rear her family...."
Item Information
Title
Children Playing in Garbage Can
Date
circa 1918
Item Number
30
Photograph Number
1891
Format
photographs
Corporate Designation
New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor
Borough
Manhattan
Street Names
Mulberry Street
Annotation on Back
children in garbage can
Places
New York (N.Y.)
Topics
Streets; Stores, Retail; Storefronts; Refuse and refuse disposal; Play; Girls; Children; Boys
Creators
Beals, Jessie Tarbox
Box and Folder Number
12: 80
CSS Description
(Negative on file) Box 297 Folder 8 #1891 Stamped Jessie Tarbox Beals In Bagdad on the Subway; A Periodical of Association [AICP] News No. 6, December 1918, p. 5. Girl only, and garbage can, illustration in article entitled, "Annexing Mulberry Bend to the U.S.A." pp. 5-6, 10-11. Caption: In a Mulberry Bend Court. (As anyone can see, the picture was taken on the street, not in a rear court. Was a ragged child in a rear court thought to be more touching than one rummaging in a garbage can on the street?) Article begins: "It is in that part of the city of which Jacob Riis often spoke and wrote. It runs from Canal Street south to Houston Street north, from Broadway west to Bowery east. Within that area are three of the Health Department sanitary areas that are among the most congested in the city. . . . "Here it was that the Educational Nursing Bureau of the A.I.C.P. decided last May to attempt some public health work. Prenatal nurses began the work by house-to-house canvass for the purpose of giving to expectant mothers such instruction as should insure a normal,'healthy baby, a well, strong mother prepared to rear her family...."