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Vintage photos of:
March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "Newsgirls waiting for papers. Largest girl, Alice Goldman, has been selling for 4 years. Newsdealer says she uses viler language than the newsboys do. Bessie Goldman and Bessie Brownstein are 9 years old and have been selling about one year. All sell until 7 or 7:30 p.m." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.
Washington, D.C., 1924. "By merely plugging the head telephone in the wall above the bed, each bedridden soldier in Walter Reed Hospital is provided with radio entertainment. A central radio system in the basement of this hospital feeds 900 head telephones scattered throughout the building." View full size.
The idea behind the 19th Ward Bank, run by the Provident Loan Society, has been described as "a government-approved pawnshop for the indigent." The building, designed by William Ralph Emerson (cousin of Ralph Waldo), survives largely intact.
New York circa 1908. "19th Ward Bank, 72nd Street Branch." A curiously teensy bank scaled like a cemetery monument. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.
1953. "College students attending party with a tropical theme." Photo by Charlotte Brooks for the Look magazine assignment "Junior Hop." View full size.