PHOTO: "Children on the Sidewalks of the Lower East Side," Circa 1910



"Children on the Sidewalks of the Lower East Side," 1905-1915. Boys and girls playing in the middle of the street at night. A group of girls are holding hands to form a circle (center); other children stand on the narrow sidewalks in front of closed shops, most of them looking at the camera. Signs include those advertising: rooms for rent; steam cleaning, dyeing, and cloth sponging; Kosher goods (Max Rosenhek's store); Miller's Cafe; and printing services. Many of the signs are in English and Hebrew.  Reproduced from Jessie Tarbox Beals Photographs. Folder: Professional Life: New York City, Lower East Side: women, children, exteriors, ca. 1905-15. Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Inscription: Verso: You don't have to go to bed early like rich kids but can play games at night in the street to the music of a hand organ - [in pencil:] girls in Clinton St near 2nd Ave [stamped twice with photographer's name and address, with one address crossed out] NB: This inscription does not appear on the photograph being offered in this listing.

You are purchasing a new 8" x 12" contemporary glossy black and white photograph. This print is packaged in a clear cello envelope with acid-free backerboard. Basic information, including title and credit line, may be printed along the bottom border. Please note that the photograph was taken 100 years ago and that the clarity may not be up to contemporary standards.

Topics: City children; Group portraits; clothing and dress; Children's clothing; Hairstyles; City blocks; Streets; Storefronts; Stores; Exterior views; signs and signboards; outdoor recreation; play (recreation); Games; refuse and refuse disposal; Poverty 

Photograph: 8" x 12".