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2 a.m. February 12, 1908

2 a.m. February 12, 1908

2 A.M. February 12, 1908. "Papers just out. Boys starting out on morning round. Ages 13 years and upward. At the side door of Journal Building near Brooklyn Bridge, New York." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Oh...the humanity

These boys appear to be so young to be thrust into the gritty dog-eat-dog world. It makes you wonder what talents each had and if they ever got a chance to develop them. Some ten years later, several of them probably found themselves holding a rifle in France or Belgium. The street smarts they learned at such a young age may have actually helped them to survive.


Notice the boy in the lower right hand corner. Enlarged picture of the newspaper tell of a Body found in the bay with weights around his ankles.

Small headline

"Dead in Bay with Weights tied to Boot" is on front page of paper in Lower Right Hand Corner in the Evening Mail.
The boy holding paper looks as though he was very sad. I wonder if is about the dead body or just the miserable conditions they appear to lead.
Strangely enough I am 84 years old and remember those days and they were actually good. We simply didn't know any better thus we were happy.

Seven Papers to Choose From!

Wow, I spot no less than seven different newspapers being held by the boys. And I love the apprehensive look the boy in the middle has as he looks at the cigarette sporting boy next to him.

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