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Old Men's Toy Shop Album -- Old Men's Toy Shop

Old Men's Toy Shop Album -- Old Men's Toy Shop
CSS Description
Box 297 Folder 4 #1584 Photographer probably Jessie Tarbox Beals From: Old Men's Toy Shop Album Negative on File In "1915 Year Book and 72nd Annual Report" of AICP (1914- 1915) Picture facing p. 25. (Top of page.) Old Men's Toy Shop "To give an opportunity to old and otherwise handicapped men the Association is trying the experiment of conducting a workshop for the making of toys and any other articles that lend themselves to such purpose." From material attached to a letter in the Archives Historical File Crawford Shops, addressed to Jay M. Fredricks, dated July 27, 1916. "Thomas L., aged 52, lost a leg twenty years ago and for eighteen years worked on a canal boat with a very poor substitute for an artificial leg. (See first man on left in picture.) His eyesight failed and he could no longer work with safety. Last fall he was sitting in Battery Park one day, with nothing to do and no prospect of anything to do when someone told him of the Toy Shop. He immediately walked all the way to 50th Street to apply for work. He began work the next morning and has been in the shop since, and, although without experience, he is one of the best painters in the shop. He has no family or friends who can help him." Used to illustrate ad for Old Men's Toy Shop in Bagdad on the Subway A Monthly Bulletin of Association (AICP) News, No. 2, Nov. 1917, p. 15. Also in ad for Old Men's Toy Shop, Bagdad on the Subway, No. 3 Dec. 1917, p. 15. Address given for store: 680 Fifth Avenue. Used as illustration in two undated leaflets about the Old Men's Toy Shop in AICP Publications, Vol. 3, 1913-1916. (One leaflet has 1915 written on it; the other 1916.)
Item Information
Title
Old Men's Toy Shop Album -- Old Men's Toy Shop
Date
circa 1914-1916
Item Number
45
Photograph Number
1584
Format
photographs
Corporate Designation
New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor
Borough
Manhattan
Annotation on Back
From: Old Men's Toy Shop Album
Places
New York (N.Y.)
Topics
Workshops; Toys; Toy making; Interiors; People with disabilities; Older people--Employment; Older men; Men--Employment; Men
Names
Old Men's Toy Shop (New York, N.Y.)
Creators
Beals, Jessie Tarbox
Box and Folder Number
12: 94
CSS Description
Box 297 Folder 4 #1584 Photographer probably Jessie Tarbox Beals From: Old Men's Toy Shop Album Negative on File In "1915 Year Book and 72nd Annual Report" of AICP (1914- 1915) Picture facing p. 25. (Top of page.) Old Men's Toy Shop "To give an opportunity to old and otherwise handicapped men the Association is trying the experiment of conducting a workshop for the making of toys and any other articles that lend themselves to such purpose." From material attached to a letter in the Archives Historical File Crawford Shops, addressed to Jay M. Fredricks, dated July 27, 1916. "Thomas L., aged 52, lost a leg twenty years ago and for eighteen years worked on a canal boat with a very poor substitute for an artificial leg. (See first man on left in picture.) His eyesight failed and he could no longer work with safety. Last fall he was sitting in Battery Park one day, with nothing to do and no prospect of anything to do when someone told him of the Toy Shop. He immediately walked all the way to 50th Street to apply for work. He began work the next morning and has been in the shop since, and, although without experience, he is one of the best painters in the shop. He has no family or friends who can help him." Used to illustrate ad for Old Men's Toy Shop in Bagdad on the Subway A Monthly Bulletin of Association (AICP) News, No. 2, Nov. 1917, p. 15. Also in ad for Old Men's Toy Shop, Bagdad on the Subway, No. 3 Dec. 1917, p. 15. Address given for store: 680 Fifth Avenue. Used as illustration in two undated leaflets about the Old Men's Toy Shop in AICP Publications, Vol. 3, 1913-1916. (One leaflet has 1915 written on it; the other 1916.)