10th and Ellsworth Streets
P.8513.85 Photographer's manuscript note on verso: Court off Ellsworth St, No side E of 10 St. This court - or rather the buildings in it - are comparatively new, consequently it is comparatively sanatary [sic]. All the children in this picture live in the 5 houses comprising this court. It is from this and the Southwark districts that the glovemen of the squared circle principally eminate [sic]. Note two prospective champions in foreground. P.8513.227 Photographer's manuscript note on verso: 10 and Ellsworth Sts. Looking into our neighbors [sic] back yards. Italian and Syrian settlement. (Block out skyline in regular way. Fill in a few clouds).
In South Philadelphia, small courtyards such as this at 10th and Ellsworth Streets were also commonly heavily populated by immigrants.  The courtyard which Wilson photographed is most likely located within the northeast corner of 10th and Ellsworth Streets, accessible by a small alley between 931 and 933 Ellsworth Street (see maps below). The 1920 Census records from the area show that these small residences were occupied by three Syrian families, an Italian family, and a southern American family.  Jenette and Selina from Wilson’s photographs are not mentioned in the census records.  The courtyard has since been demolished and is now occupied by a parking lot.


P.8513.100 Photographer's manuscript note on verso: 10th and Ellsworth Sts. Syrian group: Jenette, Selina, and the always with us strange small boy. note: Perhaps the hen (Jenette's holding) has just laid the egg. We were not informed on this point.
P.8513.108 Photographer's manuscript note on verso: The "eternal feminine" to the fore. She knew the camara [sic] was there for a purpose and no amount of disinterested by-play on the part of the operator could fool her.
P.8513.87 Photographer's manuscript note on verso: Selina looks up. The story of Selina is a sad one. Married but two years, her husband was killed in a factory. Left with a child and a great sorrow, she was compelled to once more earn her own living. This she does by making lace and knitting jackets, etc. Fast workers are these women. (Relate story of lace making. The pattern is in the head of the maker. She does it that way because her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother done it that way. Sometimes she is inspired to create a new design.
P.8513.104 Photographer's manuscript note on verso: Neighborhood 10" and Ellsworth Sts. How to duck the health inspectors prying eye. Keep the chickens on the roof. (Print left side stronger). P.8513.171 Photographer's manuscript note on verso: Another view of chickens on roof in the neighborhood of 10" and Ellsworth Sts.
E.V. Smith Fire Insurance Atlas, 1917, pl. 7