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Bottle Club: 1909

Bottle Club: 1909

November 1909. "Some of night shift waiting to go to work. Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, New Jersey. One boy is 13 years old." And then we have the operator on the left. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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it was called a "Glass Hat"

The message in the bottle

Maybe it reads, "Please, send us to High School."

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It seems someone was carrying a crate behind the Bicycle Man, thereby losing his shot at immortality.

The Leftmost Boy

Has gotten too big for his britches.

Bet it stings, too.

Seems to be a message in that bottle, by god.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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