This is an original 1909 black and white print ad for the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (AICP). The charitable organization began in the 1840s in New York City with its focus on aiding the deserving poor and providing moral uplift. The organization's directors were the city's richest people, who believed that people were poor not due to external or environmental factors, but rather to some innate character fault within the particular person; thus the organization aimed to serve the "deserving" poor. They also rejected social services that were not tied to morality. Former secretary of the New York City Temperance Society, Robert Milham Hartley, was named the AICP's first executive secretary. Hartley is known for establishing a connection between overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and morality. He used the teachings of Thomas Chalmers, Joseph Marie Baron de Garando and Joseph Tuckerman in establishing key components of the association. In 1879, AICP was the first organization to begin permitting employment of female volunteers or "visitors." During the 1850s, AICP was the most influential charity in New York, as well as a pioneer in the private-public sphere of healthcare and social service industries.
This 102+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage.
Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 8 inches; 14 x 20 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
Keywords specific to this image: Vintage Advertising, R. Fulton Cutting, 105 East 22nd Street New York, Robert Shaw Minturn, Charities, Nonprofit Organizations