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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

A Heavy Load: 1909

A Heavy Load: 1909

July 1909. Baltimore, Md. "One of the small boys in J.S. Farrand Packing Co. and a heavy load. J.W. Magruder, witness." Photo: Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Mind Boggling

It boggles the mind to imagine where he lives and the precise process by which he found his way barefoot into that workplace. In spite of it all, he looks happy with his lot.

Kind thoughts...

Bless you, kid. I hope things turned out better for you!

Young Worker

He has learned to survive on his own at a tender age with no mama or papa to depend on but himself.

Poor Kid

Looks like his suspenders are broken on one side and a pin is holding his pants up. Plus, he seems to have an eye infection. Those gargantuan ears don't help, either. Every grammar school should have this posted in its classrooms. Caption optional.

Young Granddad

Geez. Just about the right age for my grandfather.

Safety first!

Where are your steel toed shoes?!

As rough as his life must have been

I have a feeling that the plump lady in the background smiling at the camera would have kept an eye on his welfare.

 
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