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Working Boys: 1910

Working Boys: 1910

May 17, 1910. Alton, Illinois, "Noon hour. These boys are all working in the Illinois Glass Company. Smallest boy, Frank Dwyer, 1009½ E. Sixth Street, says he has been working here three months. Joe Dwyer (brother) has been working here over two years. Henry Maul, 513 Central Avenue. Frank Schenk, lives with uncle, 611 Central Avenue. Emil Ohley, 1012 E. Sixth Street. William Jarett, 825 E. Fifth Street. Fred Metz, 707 Bloomfield Street. In addition to their telling me they worked, I saw them beginning work just before 1 p.m. Photo at 12:30." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Skinny, Flunkie, and Happy, Alton, Illinois, 1910

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have posted my stories about three boys in this photo: Joseph & Frank Dwyer, and Henry Maul. I interviewed the daughters of both Joseph and Henry. Joseph was called "Skinny," Frank was called "Flunkie," and Henry was called "Happy." See the stories at:

Working boys in Alton: 1910

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. The boy on the left in the front row was Frank Dwyer. The third boy from the left was his brother Joseph. I just interviewed his daughter. The cute little boy near the middle with his right leg crossed in front of his left leg was Henry "Happy" Maul. I just located his daughter, and will be calling her today. More on this later.

That Ol' Gang O' Mine

I love the "smooshed hat" kid and the kid doing the smooshing. Plus, the one on the far left next to the old fellow has a face for the cover of an oatmeal box or some such commercial advertisement.

I wonder

how many of them went off to WW2.

[Probably zero, seeing as how they'd all be at least 40 years old. - Dave]

Unemployed Tipster

You got that right! Both my husband and I got laid off and he is JUST now starting a new job, but having a job is a reason to smile! Darn economy!!!

Not Following the Narrative

"Noon hour. These boys are all working in the Illinois Glass Company. All refused to scowl, frown and look exploited, even after being told they were 'child laborers.'"

Re: Why they're smiling

It's because they have jobs!

Why they're smiling

They realize it's only three and a half months away, and they're expressing their appreciation to Canadians for inventing Labor Day.

What did he say?

This is the smilingist group of workers that I have seen on Shorpy. The photographer must have instigated this playfulness.

[That Lewis Hine was a notorious cutup. - Dave]

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