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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.