a convergence of tea time thoughts for ladies

All-of-a-kind family Downtown

Here’s the 4th book (whole series  consists of 5) of the All-of-a-kind-family.  Just one more after this one.  Sorry that my daughter missed out on these when she was younger, but I just didn’t know about them.image

Here they are again!  The family with 5 sisters and little Charlie.  What is their last name  anyway?  Gertie wants a book of her own to take home, but the library has a rule that you have to be 6 yrs. old and Gertie is only 5, so her sisters and her walk over to the settlement house where they have a library, but when they get there they find out that books can’t  be checked out and brought home; have to read them in the library of the settlement house.

below: photo of a children’s cooking class at a settlement house in downtown Manhattan that was opened in 1889.  Maybe this is the one the girls walked to since it’s 1913 in the book.   photo is from yivo.org

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These settlement houses were interesting to read about online.  I had no idea it was a part of history.  Nurses lived at the settlement house and were visiting nurses for communities. below:

Lillian D. Wald (1867-1940); nurse and settlement house advocate;
founder of NYC’s Henry Street Settlement House (1893)
and visiting nurse program

Here’s the founder of the New Yorks Henry street Settlement House and visiting nurse program- Lillan D Wald, 1893. Oh my goodness, she’s wearing a corset; those awful things that were murder for your ribcage and diaphragm, but if you wore it loose it’d be ok.

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Miss Carey, the  settlement nurse in the book is such a big help ; girls know her and even mama and  Ella help Miss Carey on a visiting nursing job.

Below: the lamplighter is mentioned as Mama and Ella go to their errand at dusk.

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I’ would have liked to see the Tarantella dance that the kids did when the Hurdy gurdy man and his wife came on the street  with their piano box. below- painting of a hurdy gurdy man and a picture of one in Prague.

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