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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Summer Intern: 1911

Summer Intern: 1911

June 1911. Norfolk, Va. "Teaching the Young How to Sell. Gus Hodges, age 11, instructing his brother Julius, age 5. I found Gus selling as late as 9 p.m., and he said that he had made over one dollar a day. Julius and another brother, 9 years old, had made 25 cents that day." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Julius and Gus Hodges: 1911

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have posted my story about these two boys. I think it is a very strange and compelling story. These boys had very tough lives ahead of them.
www.eightsteeples.com/hodges1.html

New hires

Man, those newly hired workers just keep looking younger every year.

Joe Manning, I love your posts

So little Joe took his experience selling papers as an adorable barefoot urchin, and grew into a man who could sell all too well to the ladies. Train the sapling the way it should grow, and you will have the tree.

Summer Intern: 1911

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Based on several hours of research, young Julius Debs Hodges went on to have an interesting life. He was married at least four times, and lived most of his life in Tampa, Florida. He was a baker for several decades, but in 1940, he was working in Washington, DC as a clothing salesman in a department store. He had at least one child, James W. Hodges, who was born about 1928. He died in Tampa in 1968. I am still trying to track down descendants.

Lil Guster

Gus is a very tiny 11yr old.

 
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