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Visits Houses of Prostitution

Visits Houses of Prostitution

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "Frank F. Gibson, 1305 Linden Street. 14 years of age. Western Union Telegraph messenger No. 7. One year in service. Visits houses of prostitution. Guides soldiers to segregated district. Smokes. Still at school and works from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


He kinda looks like ...

... an underage Benny Hill, what with the glasses and hat.

I'm just saying.

Busy kid ...

Work, school, hookers ... and still he makes time for soccer practice!

I'm Ted Koppel, and this ...

I'm Ted Koppel, and this ... is Nightline. Hey babe, can you top off my martooni? Shanks.


Mr. McFeely?


It's always the straight-laced lookin' ones.

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