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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Paper, Mister?

Paper, Mister?

Waco, Texas. September 1913. "Eight-year-old newsie. Many youngsters get up early to sell papers. One 10-year-old starts out at 3 A.M. every day and goes to school." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

shoes

Alot of kids wounldnt have worn shoes. They were expensive and kids would be told to go barefoot when they could to keep their shoes from getting worn out to quickly. They would have worn shoes for things like school or church if they went. My dad was born in the early 40s to a very poor family, and he told me that even then shoes were hard to afford, and his family was often barefoot.

Box

The small box at his feet: to collect coins?

It's okay to be a paper boy

While I don't have a problem with kids selling papers, I really wish he had shoes. Maybe I'm just a sissy who doesn't like to get his feet dirty and step on sharp things but I didn't realize shoes were that expensive. He is wearing a tie though.

What happened to them?

I always wonder, what became of these kids, what did they become and when did they die?

His feet

I hope he got some shoes

His head

Doesn't his head seem too big for his body? Those little spindly legs.....

 
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