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WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN,
AN IRISH FAMILY AT 97 ORCHARD STREET

BOOK DESIGN | RESEARCH

This second publication for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum marked the debut of the museum’s re-created Irish apartment, and is sold in the museum’s shop. The book, made on a limited budget, conjures the Irish presence in New York’s Lower East Side through sensitive typography and a mix of imaginative photo-illustrations and image selection. This is an example of our favorite kinds of projects, ones that allow us to combine research and design ingenuity to tell stories.

A census listing of the Irish family living at 97 Orchard Street, used as an endsheet

Angela adapted “Childhood Mortality Returns for 1870,” a chart in The New York Times, November 8, 1872, as an illustration.

19th-century bottles and a daguerreotype case from Angela’s collection were used in the book.