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Bleach Room Boys: 1910

Bleach Room Boys: 1910

Bleach room boys, Pacific Mills. Lawrence, Massachusetts. December 1910. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


Could it be?

The kid on the left resembles the late River Phoenix.


Yes I would think that right.Dr.Stu

The lad on the right

Yes, I was wondering if it might be something like chloracne, related to the chemicals used in the bleach room. In any case I imagine it's not a problem for him any more.

Bleach Room Boys

The lad on the right seems to have skin problems.

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