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Wright-Humason School class picture, 1895 - Helen and Anne are seated at front-left

Wright-Humason School class picture, 1895 - Helen and Anne are seated at front-left
This is the first graduating class of the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City. Taken in 1895, it shows the group of students kneeling, standing, and sitting together on a fancy rug. Fourteen of the 21 students are female. Helen is sitting on the far left, holding Anne's hand. All of the women are wearing dark, Victorian-style dresses that are puffy in the chest and shoulders, then tight in the waist and forearms. The men have on jackets, vests and neckties. There is one incredibly young graduate, who is probably in the third or fourth grade. He is sitting patiently on the rug, wearing a white shirt with a huge collar, and a dark jacket, and pants.

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