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January 1912. "Veronica Mikula, says 12 years old, 93 N. Front Street. Steven Mikula (works in mill) says 15 years. Photo taken in spare unused room too cold to warm. They crowd together in kitchen. New Bedford, Massachusetts." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.