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John Slebzak: 1909

John Slebzak: 1909

John Slebzak, working on the Bottomley farm near Baltimore with his family (Polish). They have worked here three years and one winter at Avery Island, Louisiana. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.


John Slebzak: Berry Picker, 1909

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have completed my story on this little berry picker. See it at

John Slebzak: 1909

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I just talked to one of John's sons. He didn't know about the photo. There are three Hine photos of the Slebzak family on the Library of Congress website. I will be interviewing the son in a couple of weeks.

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John Slebzak

b. 17 Feb 1898

d. Sep 1971 Halethorpe, Baltimore, MD

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