Vintage landscape: open-air school

Open-air school in London, Library of Congress“Children in chairs on lawn during afternoon rest, London County Open-air School.”

Open-air school, London, Library of Congress“Class on lawn, children in chairs, London Open-air School.”

Open-air schools in Europe and the U.S. were  part of an effort in the first half of the 20th century to combat the rise of tuberculosis.  The first — a waldeschule or forest school — was built near Berlin, Germany, in 1904.

An open-air school was created in England in 1907 by the London County Council. This may be the school pictured here.  A second London school was organized in 1908. By 1937, there were 96 open-air schools in Great Britain.

Photos and captions by Bain News Service via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (no dates provided).

ADDENDUM: More on open-air schools here, on the blog Messy Nessy Chic.

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4 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: open-air school

  1. I would have liked that so much better than indoor school. Though perhaps not in January in northern Pennsylvania.

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