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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Morris Levine: 1916

Morris Levine: 1916

Dec. 17, 1916. Burlington, Vermont. "Morris Levine, 212 Park Street. 11 years old and sells papers every day -- been selling five years. Makes 50 cents Sundays and 30 cents other days." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

An old paper boy speaks.

Well, for 1916, $5.20 a month for an eleven year old wasn't something a family could refuse, no matter the heat or cold!

God Bless You, Morris

Wherever you are.

Why the interest?

Why all the interest in this photo -- and of Morris? I am the daughter-in-law of Bump.

Morris Levine: Newsboy

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I spent a good two hours yesterday following a somewhat different trail than the previous commenter did. It finally led me to a nice conversation last evening with a very surprised nephew of Morris. I emailed him the photo and plan to interview him soon. Hyman, his father, became a doctor. More later.

"Bumpus"

I found some info thru ancestry.com that may be about this Morris Levine.

Morris appears on 1920 Census for Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont. He was born in New York about 1906. His parents were from Russia. He had several siblings. One brother was Hyman. Their language is given as "Hebrew."

Morris & Hyman appear in the 1925 Burlington High School yearbook. Morris is listed as a quondam (former) member. Hyman is a senior. Hyman's yearbook photo caption: "'Bumpus' is a good all-around fellow. He captained our football team through a successful season and proved himself one of 'Old Edmunds' greatest football stars. It is said through the St. Albans game he started attending our dances. The girls are sorry you waited so long, 'Bumpus.'"

It lists their address as 212 Park Street.

What Hine captures in a photo.

The looks on the faces in all of the Hine pics I've seen on Shorpy really tell the kids' tales, be they happy or sad.

 
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