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March 1910. Buffalo, New York. "Antonio Martina, 53 Carolina Street. 11 years old last summer. Attends School No. 1. He and a 13-year-old sister worked in sheds of Ellis-Canning Factory, Brant, N.Y., snipping beans at 1 cent a pound. Left for the country in May, returned late in September, losing about 7 weeks of school. He sells papers reluctantly." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.