Annual Reports of the Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate (formerly the London Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb) are a wonderfully rich source of lives of deaf children at the school. Below are some photos from the Annual Reports of the 1920s and 1930s. I apologize once again for the poor quality of my iPad photos and will put up more in another post.
An Oral Class, where pupils are taught to articulate
A hearing aid class
Notice the young pupils with chalkboards around their neck? Children learnt how to read and write and would use the chalkboards to communicate if they were unable to speak or forbidden to use sign language.
The dressmaking department, where female pupils could earn apprentice fees.
I’m happy to announce that I signed a contract with University of Chicago Press to publish my first book, Hearing Happiness: Fakes, Frauds, and Fads in Deafness Cures. The book explores the history of therapeutic choices and negotiations respecting “deafness cures,” including Eustachian tube catheterization, artificial eardrums, electrical apparatuses, the fenestration operation, and an abundance… Continue Reading
In May, I took up my position as the 2016 Klemperer Fellow in the History of Medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine. Thanks to the wonderful staff there, especially Arlene Shanter, I was able to dig through the library’s trove of materials on otologists in the 1920s and 1930s and their collaborations with social… Continue Reading
In 1923, the New York Times and Time Magazine reported that King Alfonso of Spain summoned a famous New York osteopath to treat his fifteen-year-old son, Infante Don Jaime (1908-1975). Deaf and mute following a severe case of mastoiditis (middle-ear infection) and possibly tuberculosis at a young age, Don Jaime was adjudged “incurable” by Spanish… Continue Reading