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Vintage photos of:
Circa 1903. "Billy McClain." American entertainer and impresario (1866-1950) who started out in minstrelsy and whose interests eventually came to encompass boxing promotion and motion pictures. 5x7 glass negative (broken off at the top) from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.
January 1912. Fall River, Mass. "In this group are some of the youngest workers in Spinning Room of Cornell Mill. The smallest is Jo Benevidos, 5 Merion Street. Other small ones are: John Sousa, 84 Boutwell St.; Anthony Valentin, 203 Pitman St.; Manuel Perry, 124 Everett St.; John Travaresm [Taveresm?], 90 Cash St. The difficulty they had in writing their names was pathetic. When I asked the second hand in charge of the room to let the boys go outside a moment and let me get a snap-shot, he objected, saying they would stay out and not be in shape to work. When they carry dinners, they breathe the close air of the spinning room from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with no let-up." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.