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Vintage photos of:
Summer 1938. "Newsboy in Newark, Ohio." View full size. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn. [Update: The always amazing Joe Manning has come through again, and managed to find out this boy's name -- Richard Wolverton. You can read about him on Joe's Web site.] Original post date 02-21-2008.
October 1911. Vicinity of Lowell and South Framingham, Mass. Merrimac Mill boys. Front row: Smallest, Robert Magee, 270 Suffolk Street; John Neary, 211 Lakeview Avenue; Michael Keefe, 32 Marion Street. Back row: Edward Foster, 40 Fulton Street; John Risheck, 391 Adams Street; Cornelius Hurley, 68 Adams Street, No. 1 mill room. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.