This photo was taken by Jenny Chandler (b. 1865) of Brooklyn, New York. Chandler was a pioneering photojournalist, a talented woman in a male-dominated field. She died in 1922 and left behind 800 delicate glass plate negatives as her legacy. Many have been digitized and can be viewed on The Henry Ford's new flickr site, here.

Check out those incredible turn-of-the-century swings!

Nearly all of these urchins were discovered in the photography archives of the Library of Congress (and available without copyright restrictions online). Otherwise, urchin photos will be credited to the appropriate photographer with a link to its source (unless they come from my own collection of photographs from unknown photographers). If there is ever a copyright concern, do not hesitate to contact me.