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March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "Newsgirls coming through the alley. The smallest girl has been selling for 2 years." Our revised title for this post comes from one of the newspaper headlines seen here: PHONE GIRL MYSTERIOUSLY SHOT AT PARTY. Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.