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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Family Business: 1909

Family Business: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "John Pento, 14 years old, has been selling for seven years. Daniel and Angelo, his twin brothers, are 7 years old, have been selling one year. Sell until 8 p.m. some nights." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Family Business: Hartford, Connecticut

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I just talked to the nephew of these three boys. He didn't know about the photograph. More later.

Family Census

The 1910 census shows John Pinto still working for the Post Telegraph. John was born in Italy but the twins are American born. Parents, Domenico and Mary, also had three younger children. Sure hope John got a bigger jacket soon.

 
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