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The Way We Were: 1909

The Way We Were: 1909

April 2, 1909. Children at play in the streets of New York, bundled against the cold. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. The tyke on the right reminds me of Edward Gorey's ill-fated tots. What calamity will befall her?

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Tots in Peril

Had some guilty laughs there. And loved the Gorey reference, thanks. Tell those kids to get back to work, that curb isn't going to polish itself.

[You're welcome. No doubt there's an open manhole somewhere nearby with her name on it. - Dave]


Those long coats make kids look miniature. Probably even more miniature then they already are!


Children were a lot smaller then...


Bad jokes. Bad, bad, **bad** jokes.

They are working

In 1909 NYC couldn't afford real speed bumps.....

Gorey children

"What calamity will befall her?"

S is for Sallie , who got socked with a stick

[Delightful! - Dave]


version of the Wii: a stick, can and a hoop!

Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

Kids in the streets

they should be safely indoors playing a video game of some sort and getting fat!

Why in my day...

New York? 1909? It's broad daylight...Why aren't those children working?!?

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