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Secondino Libro: 1911

Secondino Libro: 1911

September 1911. Lawrence, Massachusetts. "Group of workers. The small boy in the middle is Secondino Libro, 34 Walnut Street. Apparently 10 or 11. Works in No. 4 Spinning room." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.


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A handful of Libros (descendants?) live today in the eastern Massachusetts communities of Gloucester, Marblehead, and the tony suburb of Andover. (None were found in southern New Hampshire, which is a popular destination for former northeastern Massachusetts residents.)

Somebody's Happy

Look at the face on the boy who's on the far left. What an expression!

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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