Family Ties

Many deaf children went away to schools before they could read and write, so parents had to be creative to communicate with their sons and daughters. Drawings and images cut from magazines helped parents send their affection and pass along news of home. Students also used drawings and photos to share family life with school friends and school activities with family.

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

This father has come to bring his son home for Christmas. For some deaf children at schools, holidays were a rare chance to see their families, who might live hundreds of miles away.

 

 

Gallaudet University Archives.
Courtesy of Jack R. Gannon

     
 


 
 

Pictures and Drawings helped students understand notes from home and feel a part of family events. At most schools, children were assigned a regular time during class every week to write a letter home.

(Left)
Courtesy of
Michael J.Olson

(Right)
CLARKE School for the Deaf/ Center for Oral Education

 

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