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Vintage photos of:
"A mother hulling berries while she nurses her infant. Her other children sit beside her, also at work. Little Mabel Cuthrie [Guthrie?], 4 yrs. old started working last year." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, Seaford, Delaware, 1910. View full size.
A fashion model underwater in the dolphin tank at Marineland, Florida. View full size. A similar image by fashion photographer Toni Frissell was published in Vogue in October 1939. Frissell had a knack for taking photos of women underwater. In 1947 she took another photo at Weeki Wachee Spring, which we posted as Lady in the Water.
This picture shows the "Four Novelty Grahams" acrobatic performers at the Victoria Theatre, Philadelphia. The father is 23 years of age. Willie Graham is 5 years of age, and Herbert Graham is 3 years of age. At 9 P.M. on June 10th, 1910, these children were performing on the stage. Four times daily they do a turn which lasts from 12 to 14 minutes. Herbert Graham, the youngest, was said by the father to have commenced performing on the stage as an acrobat when he was 10 months of age. Willie, now 5, is said to be the youngest acrobat in the world. The mother of these boys was formerly a school teacher, and is now performing with this trio on the stage. The children are bright and strong, but have a playfulness about them which shows them to have forgotten the best years of childhood. Photo by Lewis W. Hine, 1910. View full size.