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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Campbell Kids: 1912

Campbell Kids: 1912

Children playing with Campbell Kid dolls. New York City, March 1912. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Made by kids

Oh for crying out loud. Maybe they would have been glad they were able to have a part in putting a source of revenue in their lives.

Made by kids, for kids

I wonder what these little girls would think if they knew their doll was made by kids their own age, living in poverty.

[The tenement families whose kids who helped make the doll clothes were hardly rich, but they weren't really living in poverty, either. - Dave]

 
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