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3 a.m. Sunday, Brooklyn: 1908

3 a.m. Sunday, Brooklyn: 1908

"3 a.m. Sunday, February 23, 1908. Newsboys selling on Brooklyn Bridge. Harry Ahrenpreiss, 30 Willet St. Said was 13 years old. Abe Gramus, 37 Division St. Witness Fred McMurray." View full size. Photo & caption: Lewis Wickes Hine.

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Would be nice to see some old photos of New Bedford and surrounding towns like Dartmouth and Fairhaven.

Harry Ahrenpreiss

Although the young man in this picture is identified as Harry Ahrenpreiss he is most likely Harry Ehrenpreis. Harry appears in the 1900 census living at 375 Norfolk St in Manhattan. This is in the same neighborhood as Willett St. Both are at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge. His father is Sam Ehrenpreis a peddler. He is listed as being six years of age with an older sister and brother and a younger sister. I don't believe this family appears in later censuses. Ahrenpreiss is a name not found anywhere in the census. The only reference in Google is to this photograph.

Brooklyn Bridge Newsies

That kid at front left looks like 12 going on 37. You wouldn't want to meet this gang in a dark alley.

37 Division Street is now the Chinatown Day Care.

for safe passage

It looks like it might have been hard to get across the bridge if you didn't buy a paper.


This is a great picture in general. And what makes it in particular is the contrast between the reality of the boys with the invented image on the newspaper

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