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Abandoned baby found by police, New York City, 1890s

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Abandoned baby found by police, New York City, 1890s

Policeman bringing in an abandoned infant found in an alley on a winter night, New York City, 1890s.
Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century photograph

North Wind Picture Archives brings history to life with stock images and hand-colored illustrations

Media ID 5883981

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1890s Baby Child City East Eastern Infant New York New York City Police Poor Poverty Social Problem Urban Life Foundling Homeless Orphan Police Men Police Station


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This hand-colored woodcut reproduction takes us back to the gritty streets of New York City in the 1890s. In this poignant scene, a compassionate policeman is seen cradling an abandoned infant he discovered in a desolate alley on a bitter winter night. The image encapsulates the harsh realities faced by many during this era of urban poverty and homelessness. The print serves as a powerful reminder of the social problems that plagued American cities at the time. It transports us to an Eastern metropolis where destitution was rampant, leaving countless children orphaned and vulnerable. With its intricate detailing and vintage charm, this illustration captures not only a moment frozen in time but also echoes the heritage and traditions of early North American history. It offers viewers a glimpse into urban life during one of America's most transformative periods. As we gaze upon this evocative artwork, our hearts are filled with both sorrow for the plight of abandoned children and admiration for those who worked tirelessly to protect them. This arresting depiction compels us to reflect on how far society has come since then while acknowledging that there is still work to be done in ensuring every child's well-being. This remarkable piece stands as a testament to art's ability to transcend time, allowing us insight into forgotten stories from our past – stories that continue to shape our present-day understanding of compassion, resilience, and progress.

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