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Attic Apartment on Spring Street

Attic Apartment on Spring Street
CSS Description
Box 301 Folder 3 #MA-270 Drawing by W.H. Drake See: Box 296 Folder 1 Photo 18 2 copies in this folder Hand written on the back of this copy: #42 Tenement Houses Bleak interior of attic on Spring Street, 1884. Unused 1944 Typed and attached to the copy: WHEN SOCIAL WELFARE WAS YOUNG. An attic apartment in Spring Street in 1884. Rent, $3.50 a month. No water supply except the common hydrant. A widow and two children slept on “a ragged pile of stuff on the floor.” This picture shows conditions that faced social welfare agencies now affiliated with the Greater New York Fund when they began their work. The Fund is now engaged in its 1944 Campaign to obtain from business its vital share of $22,250,00 required by 403 local hospitals, health and welfare agencies.
Item Information
Title
Attic Apartment on Spring Street
Date
1884
Item Number
973
Photograph Number
MA-270
Format
illustrations
Borough
Manhattan
Street Names
Spring Street
Annotation on Front
Spring Street, dark, blackened with the smoke of the one stove on which the tenants do their scant cooking in turns, and though unventilated in summer, bitterly cold in winter, wretched at all times. In Bleecker Street is a row of houses whose attic floors are cult up to accomodate all manner of people, amongst whom it is prudent to look after one's personal safety.
Annotation on Back
#42. Tenement Houses Bleak interior of attic on Spring St., 1884 Unused 1944
Places
New York (N.Y.)
Topics
Women; Stoves; Interiors; Laundry; House furnishings; Children; Beds; Attics
Creators
Drake, W. H. (William Henry)
Box and Folder Number
620: 56
CSS Description
Box 301 Folder 3 #MA-270 Drawing by W.H. Drake See: Box 296 Folder 1 Photo 18 2 copies in this folder Hand written on the back of this copy: #42 Tenement Houses Bleak interior of attic on Spring Street, 1884. Unused 1944 Typed and attached to the copy: WHEN SOCIAL WELFARE WAS YOUNG. An attic apartment in Spring Street in 1884. Rent, $3.50 a month. No water supply except the common hydrant. A widow and two children slept on “a ragged pile of stuff on the floor.” This picture shows conditions that faced social welfare agencies now affiliated with the Greater New York Fund when they began their work. The Fund is now engaged in its 1944 Campaign to obtain from business its vital share of $22,250,00 required by 403 local hospitals, health and welfare agencies.