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Boy in Mudville: 1911

Boy in Mudville: 1911

January 1911. Pittston, Pennsylvania. "Tom Vitol (also called Dominick Dekatis), 76 Parsonage Street, Hughestown Borough. Works in [coal] Breaker #9. Probably under 14." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Wipe those feet!

Googling the location I think I found one or two houses that might be this one. The street does look bleak. According to a real estate listing, 105 has been fixed up nicely, on the market for $129,000. Pittston is apparently dying.

And now

This was taken at the back of 76 Parsonage Street. The houses at the back are on Miller Street.

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One of those coincidences

'Twas only yesterday, literally, that I re-read "Casey at the Bat", whence the origin of the pun "Boy in Mudville."

No need for color

This is one of those pictures that I suspect would look pretty much the same taken with color film. The dreariness of the scene is accented by the contrast between the tight focus on Tom/Dominick and the soft focus of the surroundings. Very eloquent photograph.

What's With That?

Two names? Good thing Dave didn't find this photo first or our favorite photo site might have been called Vitol-Dekatis.

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