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February 1940. A roadside snowball fight in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. A reminder from the Shorpy Art Store: Place your order soon for regular delivery by December 25. We also have an Express Mail delivery option. Recent distinguished purchaser: The New York Times, for 30 x 22 prints to decorate its new Manhattan headquarters.
September 16, 1913. Jimmie Chinquanana [?], 11 Hamilton Street, New York. In dark, inner room of his home, in the rear of their store. He is the ninth child, six of whom are dead. Father abused the wife; drinks. Boy below grade; is bad at times. Further data in their files; #894 Nurse Investigator Records, Department of Public Charities. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine in cooperation with the Clearing House for Mental Defectives, 303 East 20th Street. View full size.