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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Boys on Bikes, Cont'd.

Boys on Bikes, Cont'd.

Dallas, October 1913. "Messenger boy in the heart of the Reservation (Red Light). Prostitutes run back and forth. Business beginning at mid-day. I saw messenger boys and delivery boys for drug stores from 15 years upward. Some still younger told me that they go there. This was in spite of a strong agitation being waged to close up the resorts." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

Tra-la-la

As my grandmother used to tell me, "Stay away from the Camp Post Gate on payday, as that is where the tra-la-la girls hang out."

Barefoot?

Is that woman barefoot and possibly in her robe? That would be unheard of in that era!

[Looks like slippers to me. Perhaps she's one of those infamous Ladies of the Afternoon. - Dave]

 
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