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April 1, 1913. "Lloyd Davis, 125 Riverside Drive. Says 22 yrs. old but it is doubtful. Quit schooling after four years in New Haven to take job in Lower Manhattan. Evidently a newsie. Talks in gibberish: 'I sell paper on the Street. Bonds, convertible debentures, securities.' Smokes, visits saloons. Goes to houses in the District: Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan. Makes fifty dollars a day." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
New York circa 1901. "Evelyn Nesbit, age 16, brought to the studio by Stanford White." A chorus girl turned artists' model, Evelyn Nesbit was at the center of a huge scandal in 1906 when her husband killed her former lover, the architect Stanford White. View full size. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier.