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Western Union: 1909

Western Union: 1909

March 8, 1909. New Haven, Connecticut. "Telegraph messenger boys. They work until 11 p.m." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Buttoning up some details?

Some of the boys have their coats buttoned one way, and others have them buttoned the opposite. Was there a specific time in history when fashion, necessity, or someone's personal whim decided that mens/boys coats buttoned one way, and womens/girls coats buttoned the other way?


I bet that this photo prompted the adage "Handsome is as handsome does."

A modest request

I know this is asking the impossible, but: Joe Manning! Tell us every story here!

Hey Mista

I gots a teleygraf for youse.

What a bunch of mugs

Later to be seen at a Post Office near you.

Just kidding of course, they were probably hard working lads who went on to better things later in life.

Kilroy Rising

Young boy in the back row looks like a future Kilroy with a hat.

What, me worry?

Fifth from the right, I spot a young Alfred E. Newman, apparently before he made it big in publishing.

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