Adopt an Iron Man
Ragged-School Reporter (New York, New York). Jan. 1, 1853, vol. 1, no. 1.
Underneath the title is the line, “published by the Society of the Iron Man, for the benefit of the industrial schools.” This was a short-lived monthly publication for the reform and education of pauper children. The ragged schools were charity institutions aimed at moral reform and the teaching of a vocation. The “Iron Man” in the name of the society, reflects the founders’ belief that“The present age is emphatically one of progress – of movement – of iron energy and enterprise. It is the age of iron in its railroads, its telegraphs, its steamers, and the mighty machinery which its discoveries and inventions have rendered necessities of life.”