DSLH: Interior: RiisWhen Riis' How the Other Half Lives was first published in 1890, printing technology was not yet advanced enough to print his photographs. When the book came out, only engravings based on the photographs were printed, not the photos themselves. The following three images are his original photos, linked to the Library of Congress.
Interestingly, close examination of the photos show they were all taken in the wash-room. I guess it was easier to set up the camera in one spot that day.
Note the boy third from left with his hand over his face: shy, in hiding, tired, or just plain bored? We may never know. It appears to indicate, however, that this illustration was probably based on a photo.
DSLH: Interior: CampbellAll illustrations from Darkness and Daylight, 1891.
For an explanation of the area surrounded by a railing in the center of the illustration, see the next entry. The light-colored, squarish units to either side of it are some of the lockers.
The signs on the wall read, from left to right:
"All Underclothing washed on Thursdays Free of Charge"
"The EYES of the Lord are in every place"
"Boys who swear or chew Tobacco cannot sleep here"
"Speak the Truth"
"Boys having Homes Not Received Here"
Each key had a number, and was used for the lockers.
Images from newspaper and magazine articles, Peter J. Eckel Newsboy CollectionWith permission from the Rare Book Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collection, Princeton University Library. Please do not copy any of the following images.
Note the long, crowded tables with their bench seating, the adults serving the food, and the dog (which appears very different from the one in the 1891 illustration in Campbell's book above).
The image is very dark (it's a very old clipping), but you can make out individual faces and some background details.
At the big holiday dinners, the boys would line up in the big school-room on the third floor. Because there were hundreds of them, they could not fit in the dining-room all at once, so they would be allowed downstairs to eat in shifts. Afterwards, a boy was allowed to come back upstairs and line up again for another helping if he wished, and repeat until he was full.
On the wall can be seen the sign "Boys desiring homes in the Country may apply to the Superintendent."
This photo is from a set of three showing the dinner, but the other two images (which show the dinner in progress, including the pie course) are in even less clear shape than this one.
Another view of the third-floor school room. Unfortunately, only the top half of this illustration is intact, but many details can still be made out. The man who appears to be the Superintendent (who would have been Heig in 1896) is all the way to the left. In the center is the regristration desk, with the top of the small surrounding railing just visible; the board of keys is behind the desk. On the wall above the desk are two signs reading "Boys who swear or use tobacco cannot stay here" and "Boys having HOMES not received here." To the right are the numbered lockers. You can even spot a boy with an eyepatch
A small illustration of one of the private ten-cent beds which were located in what was known to the boys as the "dude" room. There isn't much to see here, but you can get an idea of how the beds were curtained off. The date and newspaper source are unknown, but given the dates of the other articles on the scrapbook page on which this clipping was found, it is likely from the 1890s.
Photo from Arthur Bartlett Maurice's New York in Fiction, 1899 or 1900.
A rare view of the dining room when it is not crowded by hungry boys.
The caption refers to Townsend's "Chimmie Fadden" stories.