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It's the third Tuesday in September - so it must be Old Poster Day at Shorpy.com! Old Faithful erupts in this circa 1938 National Park Service silkscreen for Yellowstone National Park. View full size. Available as a fine-art print.
July 25, 1924. "Tony, a 12-year-old bootblack, at his station in Bowling Green, New York City. He says he makes from $2 to $3 a day regularly." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine (one of his final NCLC photos).
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