Community Service Society Photographs

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Children Sitting on Suitcase

Children Sitting on Suitcase
CSS Description
#4467 Unknown Photographer These two tidy children, sitting on their suitcase to have their picture taken before boarding the bus for Sea Breeze, are quite a contrast to the children who went to Sea Breeze around the turn of the century. In Tom McConnon's cheerful reminiscenses of his childhood, "Angels in Hell's Kitchen" (Doubleday, cl959), he tells at p. 202-3 of going to Sea Breeze by "Special" trolley cars, a two hour trip. They started from the "free dispensary" at 36 Street and Ninth Avenue and "There wasn't a suitcase in evidence" among the children assembled there. Every child carried a bundle wrapper in paper, oilcloth, burlap, or anything else they happened to have. (This description fits CSS photo #2088.) when they arrived, they drew deep breaths and exclaimed, "Wow! This is air!" The McConnon family also benefited from AICP free ice (p.60) and free milk (p. 142).
Item Information
Title
Children Sitting on Suitcase
Date
between 1879 and 1950
Date Note
Date based on the date range (1879-1950) of the photographic portion of the Community Service Society Collection.
Item Number
564
Photograph Number
4467
Format
photographs
Borough
Manhattan
Places
New York (N.Y.)
Topics
Stairs; Luggage; Girls; Children; Boys
Names
Sea Breeze Hospital (New York, N.Y.)
Box and Folder Number
299: 81
CSS Description
#4467 Unknown Photographer These two tidy children, sitting on their suitcase to have their picture taken before boarding the bus for Sea Breeze, are quite a contrast to the children who went to Sea Breeze around the turn of the century. In Tom McConnon's cheerful reminiscenses of his childhood, "Angels in Hell's Kitchen" (Doubleday, cl959), he tells at p. 202-3 of going to Sea Breeze by "Special" trolley cars, a two hour trip. They started from the "free dispensary" at 36 Street and Ninth Avenue and "There wasn't a suitcase in evidence" among the children assembled there. Every child carried a bundle wrapper in paper, oilcloth, burlap, or anything else they happened to have. (This description fits CSS photo #2088.) when they arrived, they drew deep breaths and exclaimed, "Wow! This is air!" The McConnon family also benefited from AICP free ice (p.60) and free milk (p. 142).