This photograph comes from the Emmanuel House lantern slide collection which contains 87 lantern slides depicting group portraits and scenes from the various activities at the Emmanuel House. This is one of my favorite photographs in the collection—I love that the children are posing in front of real potted flowers. I was curious to understand how this photograph related to the sewing school. In my research, I wasn’t able to find a direct connection, but the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported in 1899 that the closing exercises for the sewing school included the children and instructor performing a “pretty cantata entitled ‘Flower Praise.’” I can’t help but smile at the possibility of the children performing a song about flowers dressed as daisies.
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