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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Star Newsie: 1972

Star Newsie: 1972

Rochester, Indiana, 1972. This might fit in with the other Shorpy photos of newsies. Okay, maybe if not for the clean clothes. And the obviously stable home environment. And how my brother didn't have to work long hours. And I don't think he had trouble with the cops on his route, either. Or even rival news carriers who wanted to beat him severely. View full size.

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This is me: dressed head to toe in the best of J.C. Penney's boys dept, with the jeans wearing out at the knees, and the colored socks and black canvas tennis shoes. Never had a bike till I was a teen though, I delivered my papers on foot!

And presumably he steered clear...

... of those Red Light districts, too.

 
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