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June 19, 1916. Fall River, Mass. Louis Pelissier, 29 Eighth Street, 16 years old (May 16, 1916). Applicant 2nd grade - deficient mentality. Doesn't know name of place where he is going to work. Made it out for Small's mill, they weren't sure. Had been a sweeper but work was too hard for him. Didn't know how much he was to get. (Miss Smith to see what kind of card he got.) Worked at Union Mill, $3.27, as a sweeper. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
February 1940. A roadside snowball fight in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. A reminder from the Shorpy Art Store: Place your order soon for regular delivery by December 25. We also have an Express Mail delivery option. Recent distinguished purchaser: The New York Times, for 30 x 22 prints to decorate its new Manhattan headquarters.