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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

Alley Cats: 1909

Alley Cats: 1909

March 1909. "Bowling alley boys of New Haven, Connecticut. Many of these work until late at night." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Meet the Hazels: 1916

Meet the Hazels: 1916

Nov. 10, 1916. Vicinity of Bowling Green, Kentucky. "Hazel family (very poorly educated). Children have not been to school this year although living within 1½ miles of school." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Brooklyn Pin Boys: 1910

Brooklyn Pin Boys: 1910

April 1910. "1 a.m. Pin boys working in Subway Bowling Alleys, 65 South Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., every night. Three smaller boys were kept out of the photo by Boss." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Life in the Slow Lane: 1910

Life in the Slow Lane: 1910

February 1910. "Bowling Alleys connected with Geo. P. Gray's Bastable Cafe on Genesee Street. About eight very small boys employed here. Work until midnight. Photo taken at 11:30 p.m." View full size. Photo & caption: Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Les Miserables: 1911

Les Miserables: 1911

October 1911. Lowell, Massachusetts. "Pin boys in Les Miserables Alleys. Frank Jarose, 7 Fayette St., Mellens Court, said 11 years old, made $3.72 last week. Joseph Philip, 5 Wall St., said 11 years old, and works until midnight every week night; said he made $2.25 last week and $1.75 the week before. Willie Payton, 196 Fayette St., said 11 years old, made over $2 last week, works there every night until midnight." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Trenton Pinsetters: 1909

Trenton Pinsetters: 1909

December 20, 1909. "Boys working in Arcade Bowling Alley, Trenton, New Jersey. Photo taken late at night. The boys work until midnight and later." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Camden: 1938

Camden: 1938

October 1938. Factory workers' homes in Camden, New Jersey. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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