"Very Ambitious," "Irritable at Times," "Nice Type"
Leaf through the report cards of the women featured in the Permanent Record series.
Use the tool below to leaf through the report cards for 12 of the Manhattan Trade School students featured in the Permanent Record series. Each "report card" is actually a packet of several cards detailing the girl's performance—not just in school but also in the workforce. The school had a job placement office that helped the students obtain work, primarily in the garment trades, after they graduated. Read a primer on how to interpret the information on the report cards.
Paul Lukas writes about food, travel, and consumer culture for a variety of publications.