Monday, April 10, 2017

25 Rare Photos Show the Boston Public Schools in the Late 19th Century

The Boston Pictorial Archive holds photographs documenting Boston-area adult and evening classes in the 19th century, with the bulk of the material covering the years between 1890 and 1893. These images offer interior and exterior views of buildings as well as adult students engaged in classroom work or other educational endeavors.

Schools such as the Evening Industrial School, Hancock Evening School, and the High School of Commerce are represented.


Students in a classroom

12 women students in a classroom

A group of 10 women in a classroom

A group of 14 students in a classroom

Female students pose for photographing

Male students pose for photographing

Advance millinery, Hancock Evening School

Advanced embroidery, Hancock Evening School

Classroom for the fine arts and drawing

Classroom for the fine arts and drawing

Drafting desk of Evening Industrial School

Drawing from models at an evening drawing classroom of Hopkins School

Drawing head and bust at an evening drawing school

Evening drawing school, Warren Avenue (3rd year pupils drawing from life models)

Evening drawing school, Warren Avenue (second year class drawing from life models)

Interior of a cooking classroom

Physical laboratory of Evening Industrial School

Posed view of school girls in a classroom

Students in a classroom

Students of a music class

Typewriting class of High School of Commerce

Unidentified school building

Wood-working class for both men and women

Woodworking class

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