April 13, 20161 comments
Due to hardship and poverty, the abandonment of infants in New York in the late 1860′s was unfortunately not a noteworthy occurrence. The beginnings of the New York Foundling Asylum of the Sisters of Charity was brought by the need of mothers and fathers with no options left. Response was immediate, a baby was left with Sister Irene and her two companions before their preparations were even completed. A large number of babies followed, and their institution grew to support them over time.
Pinned notes often accompanied these infants and offered a glimpse of the heartbreak the parents or custodians must have felt when leaving their child behind. The New York Historical Society has a small collection of these notes from the Foundling Asylum which they have shared in a few albums on their Flickr page.