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November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. "Jamie Sherley, (girl). Wylie Mills. Been in mill six years. Ambro Sherley, 11 years old. Been in mill over one year." Photo and caption by the child-labor documentarian Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Rochester, New York, circa 1908. "Pompeiian Room -- Hotel Seneca." (Catchphrase: "In the Pompeiian Room, everyone smokes!") 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
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