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Washington, D.C. July 2, 1921. Crowds at the Washington Star following the Dempsey-Carpentier fight in New Jersey, which was broadcast by "wireless telephone" back when relatively few people owned radios. Newspapers across the country that had receivers called out the results on the street or posted them on chalkboards. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.
May 1912. Rock Hill, South Carolina. Arthur Newell, doffer in Manchester Mills. Three weeks at it. 70 cents a day. Said 12 years old. His father in the mill gets $12 a week, mother $9, sister $4.80, he gets $4.20, total $30 a week. "I had ruther go to school but the mill wanted me." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.