The New York photographer, Percy Loomis Sperr, was interested in everyday people and how their lives were lived in the 1920s to the 1940s. Sperr sought to document and preserve the city as fully as possible.
Born on December 27, 1899, Sperr attended Oberlin College, and by the 1920s was venturing into East Harlem to document the culture he encountered there. He was, in particular, attracted to the immigrant culture of Halrm, describing with sympathy the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua in Manhattan.
The photo (above) focuses on a large ex-voto, constructed in East Harlem to thank Saint Anthony of Padua (in 1932) for saving an Italian-American man from death at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan.
The photo is at the corner of 1st Avenue and 106th Street, a dense Italian immigrant community during the depression.
Sleighs in 19th Century Harlem
25th Precinct’s Community Council January Meeting
2022 has come in like whirlwind. We have a lot to cover. Many of you have reached out about a number of things and I would like to do some due diligence in covering the topics.
Please send your questions and/or concerns to me in a separate email so that I can invite appropriate people/personnel to join the meeting to respond to your inquiries.
This month’s meeting will be totally remote. If there is anyone that needs accommodations to meet a different way please let me know and I will do my best at helping you out. If it means that I have to set up in the Precinct we will follow all necessary precautions outlined by NYDOH.
25th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time
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Hope to see everyone next week.
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