Christmas Party for School Fire Victims (AFL-CIO--Franklin Blvd. Hosp.) Chicago 12-23-58
Date Of Production
December 23 1958
Members of the AFL-CIO deliver Christmas presents to hospitalized children at Franklin Boulevard Hospital in Chicago on December 23rd, 1958. The children were injured in a fire at Our Lady of the Angels School on December 1st, 1958 that killed 92 students and 3 nuns. It was the third deadliest school fire in U.S. history, and led to major improvements in standards for school design and fire safety codes.
Well-wishers take wrapped Christmas gifts out of a car in front of Franklin Boulevard Hospital (3240 W. Franklin Blvd in Chicago). Exterior shot of the building. Ten year-old Diana Voskrenski is seen unwrapping a stuffed seal; she hugs it and smiles. A white-haired man helps injured children unwrap their gifts; several are in wheelchairs or laying in hospital beds. Nurses wheel the children to another room. The man speaks to the camera in front of a tinsel Christmas tree, but there is no audio.