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


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 Painting Toys
#5112 From: Old Men's Toy Shop Album Unknown Photographer Excerpt from Bagdad on the Subway, A Periodical of Association [AICP] News, November 1919, No, 8. In section headed "A.I.C.P. Happenings," page 6. Since our last issue the Old Men's Toy Shop and the Women's Work Rooms have been combined, and are now under one roof in the building formerly operated by St. George's Church as a trade school. Th ey are now known as the Crawford Shops. [Address: 505 East 16 Street.] The building has been bought and presented to the Association for the purpose. Between eighty and a hundred old people, who otherwise would be unable to work effectively because of age or physical handicap, are enabled to earn at least a little toward their support and at the same time to retain the self-respect that goes with power to earn, however large or small. The Crawford Shops also have a retail store at 28 West 51st Street. In "The Eightieth Annual Report of the A.I.C.P," 1922-1923. Paging of the report starts at page 26, pictures in preceding unpaged section entitled, "The Work of the A.I.C.P. in Illustration," Caption: Insuring Independence of Old Age. The Crawford Shops, known everywhere as The Old Men's Toy Shop and Women's Work Rooms, continue to produce toys and garments which delight hundreds of children. Here the old folks are given the chance, as they say, of "making their own way," By giving them the opportunity to earn a little, the Crawford Shops rob their last years of terror - the terror of the almshouse and the dread of not being wanted by anyone. In AICP catalog for "The Crawford Shops," Undated (probably published 1925-26). No. 14 in AICP Publications, Vol. 5, 1924-1931. Picture at page 2. Caption: Six of the veterans of the Toy Shop. Their combined age is 451 years. Three of the six were born in New York and have lived here practically all their lives.
Collection Name
Community Service Society records
Shelf Location
Box no. 618, Folder no. 14, Photograph no. 5112
Workshops; Toys; Toy making; Older people--Employment; Older men; Men; New York (N.Y.); Old Men's Toy Shop (New York, N.Y.); Crawford Work Shops (New York, N.Y.)
Photographer unknown.
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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