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Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Johnnie Burns and his Basement Branch (See Photo 1461). Also photo of his boy who he says is 'ungovernable.' Burns says the 4-year-old twins will be selling soon. 3518 Evans Avenue." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.


North St. Louis

This location is just 3 miles WNW of downtown. Much of North St Louis has undergone the same de-population that's evident here. Like many of our large cities, the city's population high-water-mark was 1950. At that time, St Louis was around 800,000. Today it's barely 325,000. This is also just a few blocks north of the elegant Fox Theater, which thankfully was restored about 20 years ago and is once again palatial with many shows and orchestral performances. For movie buffs, this was the location of the old dilapidated theater used in the early scenes of "Escape from New York" starring Kurt Russell in the early 80s.

Rough and Ready

The twins!

The same address today

Just Having A Smoke

I'm assuming the ungovernable one is the kid with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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