Posts Tagged ‘old school buildings’

Back to school in the 1890s

September 5, 2008

City public schools re-opened this week, reason enough to look back at classroom conditions at the turn of the last century.

This photo, by Jacob Riis—the antipoverty crusader and journalist who drew attention to horrific conditions in New York’s slums—shows studious-looking boys at a Lower East Side elementary school packed into crowded rows, the room equipped with a coal stove.

That teacher looks strict, doesn’t she? I bet no one messed with her.