Children on Playground at Tokyo School for the Blind (Kunmoin)

Print, Photographic

Accession Number: 2009.24.16.1307

Description: BW print; scene on a school playground; a little girl in a striped dress crouches and leans onto the lap of a laughing young woman sitting on a bench; a boy wearing dark shorts and a striped shirt holds onto the waist of the little girl, and a third child, a girl in dark dress with lace collar appears to be poised to jump into the pile as well; behind the young woman, a line of benches filled with children stretches back to some climbing bars where children play; another young woman stands in upper back right, smiling broadly; captioned "Like all children, blind Kunmoin pupils find fun and gaiety frolicking in the school playground, under the constant supervision of their teachers."

Medium: Photographic Paper

Date: ca. 1950

Photographer: Horace Bristol

History/Provenance: Tokyo School for the Blind (Kunmoin) opened in 1880 at Tsukiji in Tokyo. Horace Bristol (1908–1997) was an American photographer, best known for his work in Life, Time, Fortune, Sunset, and National Geographic magazines. After WWII he moved to Tokyo and created the East West Photographic Agency to document post war Japan.

Credit Line: AFB Migel Memorial Library Collection, 2009.24

Subjects: Blind children Games Japan Playgrounds Schools for the blind and visually impaired