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Happy Mother's Day

By Tess Colwell

Posted on May 10, 2017

V1981.284.27Waiting on Myrtle Ave. for Car- Mothers’ Outing, 1911, V1981.284.27; Emmanuel House lantern slide collection, ARC.136; Brooklyn Historical Society.

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we bring you a mother-themed photo of the week. The photograph depicts women and children waiting for the Gates Avenue train car on Myrtle Avenue during a “Mothers’ Outing.” The closer you look, the more charming the photograph gets—small moments between mother and child and adorable outfits. If only we knew what this outing entailed!

This photograph comes from the Emmanuel House lantern slide collection comprised of 87 photographic slides from 1900 to 1914. The slides contain images of children, mostly group portraits, at the Emmanuel House, a civic center and place of outreach by the Young Men’s League of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. The house was located at 131 Steuben Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn and offered Sunday school, kindergarten and recreational classes to children of the church and neighborhood. 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. [email protected]

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