Lehman College - Childhood in the Bronx

The 61 images in this digital collection were part of the “Childhood in the Bronx” exhibit originally featured in the Lehman College Art Gallery from October 23 – December 14, 1986. The exhibit took four years to research and create. By using both vintage and contemporary images, along with oral history text excerpts, the exhibit focused on the experience of childhood in the Bronx from the early decades of the 20th century into the mid-1980s. Photographer Georgeen Comerford reproduced eighteen (18) vintage children’s images that spanned the period 1895–1943. These images came largely from family photograph albums loaned by interviewees participating in the Institute’s oral history project. Additionally, Ms. Comerford created forty (40) of her own contemporary photographs of children from 1971–1985. The original exhibit, including about 10 minutes of sound for the 18 vintage photographs, can be accessed here.