Photo of the Week: Pygmalion and Galatea

[Theater--Pygmalion and Galatea], ca. 1910, 2014.019.17.05.016a, Packer Collegiate Institute records, 2014.019; Brooklyn Historical Society

[Theater–Pygmalion and Galatea], ca. 1910, 2014.019.17.05.016a, Packer Collegiate Institute records, 2014.019; Brooklyn Historical Society

Need some ideas for your Halloween costume? Get some inspiration from Packer Collegiate Institute students dressed in costume for a stage production of Pygmalion and Galatea, at the Packer Collegiate Institute Chapel, sometime around 1910. The 1871 play by W.S. Gilbert is based on the Greek myth of Pygmalion, where a sculptor’s creation comes to life and falls in love with the artist. The statue, Galatea, is performed by a Packer student depicted on the pedestal in the image above.

To learn more about the fascinating history of Packer Collegiate Institute, check out the BHS-curated interpretive website exploring the history of Packer with highlights from BHS collections.

This photograph is from the Packer Collegiate Institute records comprised of  administrative records, financial records, architectural records, correspondence, student and faculty records, publications, photographs, audiovisual media, and memorabilia, dating from circa 1780 to 2016. To view a selection of digitized photographs from this collection, check out this online 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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    Fascinating history of Packer Collegiate Institute

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