Children play games and receive instructions in handicraft during WPA supported play programs in New York City
New York City USA Date:1936 Duration:2 min 21 sec Sound:Yes
Great Depression era Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York City. A sign reads: 'Play Street Closed'. Children play various games and sports on a street in New York City that has been closed to traffic, under the supervision of WPA employees. A man instructs them. They play checkers, jacks, and a small court tennis game using ping pong paddles. They play round games holding hands and moving together. Children seen entering the toyery, an experimental program at the Heckscher Foundation For Children. A boy smiles as a woman in the toyery hands him a truck toy to borrow from the lending library of toys. Several children are shown trading in a toy for a different toy. Children seated in a room show each other flashcards to improve their reading skills, during remedial instruction time. Women in a Long Island City kitchen prepare school lunches for 800 needy children. A woman cook prepares a sandwich and a group of women wrap up batches of sandwiches. View of a day nursery, with a nap or rest area with small beds. A nurse in the nursery examines a child's mouth with a tongue depressor. Young children play with blocks in the nursery. They sit at tables in a dining room. Children drink milk and eat food.
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