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Don’t Smoke but Visits Saloons

Don’t Smoke but Visits Saloons

May 1910. Wilmington, Del. "Barney Goldstein, 83 W. 5th Street. 10 years old, selling newspapers 1 year. Average earnings 50 cents per week. Don’t smoke but visits saloons. Works five hours per day." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.


Minimal wage

Let's see -- assuming five days a week and five hours a day, that's 25 hours a week. Fifty cents divided by 25 hours means two cents per hour. When I delivered papers on a regular route in 1954 I got about one cent per paper, for a total of 75 cents in the morning and again in the evening. I was rich!

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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