Brooklyn’s little butterfly catchers

These are some small kids holding big nets in front of the old Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Nature clubs appear to have popular back in the day. According to a September 1901 story from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: 

“All summer long, little children have been visiting the Children’s Museum, at Bedford Park, bringing in worms, bugs and butterflies….They have hung over the tables watching the process of mounting butterflies, then have borrowed nets and joined in the chase after them over the open fields bordering the Eastern Parkway.” Open fields? Neat.

Photo from the Brooklyn Historical Society

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