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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KANGRAOO SERVICE: LONDON TO SYDNEY

Boys on Bikes, Cont'd.

Boys on Bikes, Cont'd.

Dallas, October 1913. "Messenger boy in the heart of the Reservation (Red Light). Prostitutes run back and forth. Business beginning at mid-day. I saw messenger boys and delivery boys for drug stores from 15 years upward. Some still younger told me that they go there. This was in spite of a strong agitation being waged to close up the resorts." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

Romeroville: 1943

Romeroville: 1943

Spring 1943. "Romeroville, near Chacon, New Mexico." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier for the Office of War Information.

 

Evening Star: 1921

Evening Star: 1921

District of Columbia circa 1921. The Washington Evening Star building at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Rose Blowpipe: 1917

The Rose Blowpipe: 1917

January 29, 1917. "Margaret Reddington, 14 years old, powdering roses with blowpipe at Boston Floral Supply Co., 347-357 Cambridge St. Said to be the only flower factory in Massachusetts." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Instant Messenger: 1913

Instant Messenger: 1913

November 1913. Shreveport, Louisiana. "Western Union messenger No. 2, fourteen years old. Says he goes to the Red Light district all the time." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Idlers: 1916

Idlers: 1916

June 29, 1916. Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. "Hanging around the saloon -- 5 p.m." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Washday: 1922

Washday: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Cafritz, 13th & B Streets N.E." Probably taken for Morris Cafritz's real estate development company. View full size.

 
 
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