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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Sweeps in No. 4: 1912

Sweeps in No. 4: 1912

January 1912. New Bedford, Massachusetts. "Manuel Soares, 175 Coggeshall Street, works in Bennett Mill. Sweeps in No. 4 spinning room, has been there one year." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Coggeshall Runner

I pass Mr. Soares' house every day on my way to work, I'll see what it's become.

175 Coggeshall St.

Here's where home sweet home was for young Mr. Soares — only a block away from where an interstate highway is now, and only slightly farther to the Acushnet River:


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