Photo of the Week: Kindergarten class at Fort Greene Park

[Kindergarten class at Fort Greene Park], circa 1910, V1981.284.32, Emmanuel House lantern slide collection, v1981.284; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Kindergarten class at Fort Greene Park], circa 1910, V1981.284.32, Emmanuel House lantern slide collection, v1981.284; Brooklyn Historical Society.

No matter the decade or time period, it sure is challenging to keep kindergarteners still for a group photograph! The photo of the week depicts a kindergarten class in Fort Greene Park around 1910. I love how every kid has a different expression on their face and no one seems interested in the photograph.

This photograph was exposed on a glass plate negative. There are two types of glass plate negatives: collodion wet plate negative and the gelatin dry plate. Both techniques require a light-sensitive emulsion that is spread and fixed onto a glass plate. This method required a relatively long exposure—anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Imagine keeping a group of 5 year olds still for that long! See if you can spot some motion blur in this photograph due to movement that occurred during the exposure.

This photograph comes from the Emmanuel House lantern slide collection comprised of 87 slides dating from 1900 to 1914 that show children and activities of the Emmanuel House, a civic center and place of outreach run by the Young Men’s League of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 131 Steuben Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. The majority of the photographs in this collection are group portraits of the clubs’ classes and recreational activities such as Kindergarten, Sunday school, sewing school, scouts, and baseball teams. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

 

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One Response to Photo of the Week: Kindergarten class at Fort Greene Park

  1. Shane Watson says:

    Thanks for sharing this great blog. Very inspiring and helpful too. Hope you continue to share more of your ideas.

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