Delia Laughlin (1873-1896) "Blue Bird of Mulberry Bend" Door of Hope Mission.
Delia Laughlin (1873-1896), known by the NYC police as the "Blue Bird of Mulberry Bend," was "Delia "of the photos. Door of Hope Mission in NYC promoted its mission in this "work of Grace upon a Human Face ."
The photo is taken from a publication (page viii) published by the mission in 1893, written by Mrs. Emma Mott Whittemore. The Door of Hope exists today as a missionary venture in several areas of social endeavor.
The story of Delia has its fascination. Delia Laughlin (1873-1896) had a hard life: her mother died when she was a baby; she grew up in an orphanage, was on the streets when she was seventeen, became an expert pickpocket, was in prison thee times, used drugs, drank, smoked, swore--until she met Mrs. Whittemore, a missionary who impressed Delia, was kind to her and "saved" her.
From that time on Delia, who was called by police "the Blue Bird of Mulberry Bend" because she always wore a blue dress, began to lead people to the "path of God." Delia spent her last years helping people in the notoriously evil Five Points area of New York City.
This single sheet is 6 inches by eight and a half inches. It is fairly stiff and semi-glossy with clean cut edges except for the top, which has a smidgen torn out mid page and a turned corner.
Vintage home decor for framing and / or wall hanging.