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


Beals, Jessie Tarbox (Photographer)
New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (Issuing body)
Community Service Society of New York (Issuing body,Former owner)
Old Men's Toy Shop Album -- Old Men's Toy Shop
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 arti cles 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.)
Collection Name
Community Service Society records
Shelf Location
Box no. 12, Folder no. 94, Photograph no. 1584
Workshops; Toys; Toy making; Interior architecture; People with disabilities; Older people--Employment; Older men; Men--Employment; Men; New York (N.Y.); Old Men's Toy Shop (New York, N.Y.)
circa 1914-1916
Attributed to Jessie Tarbox Beals.
Annotation on back: From: Old Men's Toy Shop Album
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Digital Project
Community Service Society Records
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