Milbank Memorial People’s Bath, No. 327 East 38th Street , 1904 .
Children wait for their turn to go into the bath. As a result of the Tenement House Commission report issued in 1895 , greatly increased attempts were made to remedy the lack of sanitary facilities for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers living in the tenements. Public baths were built with city funds and private institutions raised considerable sums to erect similar establishments , called People’s Baths . Mrs Elizabeth Milbank Anderson donated funds to New York Association for the Improvement of the Poor for construction of this one pictured , in memory of her mother.
Photo & copy are both from the book NewYork Life at the turn of the Century in Photographs by Joseph Byron and Collection of the Museum of the City of New York . Text by Albert K. Baragwanath page 23. Notes to the Plates on # 23 is on page 125 See Less. Credit: Patricia J DeMinico