Portraits of new arrivals were used as a marker of a child's progress in the Society. Case studies of some children appeared in the newsletter 'Our Waifs and Strays' describing how they had been transformed from a 'potential street loafer' into a productive member of society. These studies were often illustrated with 'before and after' photographs, contrasting their ragged past with their new-found respectability.
Here is a rare look at a group of house servants, circa 1880-90. Each gal is holding something to do with her occupation. On the far left is a cleaning maid with her broom and dustpan. Next is a young girl holding what looks like a cup and saucer. In the center is a lovely cook with her rolling pin and bakery pans. Next is a very young girl holding either a pudding or small cake. Finally, we see a girl holding a rather mysterious object (a shoe? a sugarloaf?). Fascinating!
Visible in stone: women's history through the buildings they lived and worked in