Peanut Brittle Kids

These photos and the peanut brittle box used to store them were found in an old vault in the St. John’s Building. Many of the approximately 100 photos appear to be studio portraiture, as was most photography in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Some have notes to Colonel Hicks, Superintendent of the Oxford Orphan Asylum from 1898 to 1911. We believe those are photos of children who had been discharged from the Asylum into other families, found employment, or returned to their own homes.

On June 17, 2000, Colonel Hicks’s great-granddaughter visited the archives, and was amazed to see items displayed in the museum that had belonged to her great-grandfather a century earlier.