Early Advertisements for Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls in Pelham Manor
As I have noted before on the Historic Pelham Blog, during the late 1880s, The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York had a star teacher. Her name was Emily Hall Hazen. A few Pelham Manor landowners coveted the teacher’s talents and experience. They still were trying to develop the remnants of the subdivision planned by the Pelham Manor and Huguenot Heights Association founded in the early 1870s.
To attract “upper class buyers”, a Pelham Manor landowner named Silas H. Witherbee recruited Mrs. Hazen to open a girl’s preparatory school in Pelham Manor. According to one account, “although Mrs. Hazen was urged to locate elsewhere, she yielded to the persuasion and promise of support given by the residents of Pelham Manor.” In 1889 the little school opened, only to become one of the finest girls’ schools in the country before it closed twenty-five years later at the end of the 1914-1915 school year.
Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls, of course, advertised to attract proper young women to attend the school. One such advertisement appeared in the January - June 1898 issue of The American Monthly Review of Reviews, certainly a publication that likely would attract the sort of readers who might intend to educate their daughters in an elite preparatory institution such as Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls.
The advertisement appeared on the "Schools & Colleges" page of the Review in an area that collected advertisements under the heading "Academical and Preparatory, Girls". It was an exceedingly simple ad. It read only "NEW YORK, Pelham Manor. Mrs. Hazen's Suburban School for Girls. Ten miles from New York."
Below is an image of the 1898 advertisement in which I have outlined in red the ad for Mrs. Hazen's School.
Of course, the school issued many such advertisements. Another such example appeared in the July-December, 1901 issued of "The American Monthly Review of Reviews An International Magazine" edited by Albert Shaw (Vol. XXIV, p. 85). This advertisement similarly appeared on the "Schools & Colleges" page of the Review. It read "NEW YORK, PELHAM MANOR (half-hour from New York). Mrs. Hazen's Suburban School for Girls. Arrangements for Young Children." Below is an image of the 1901 advertisement in which I have outlined in red the ad for Mrs. Hazen's School.
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