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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Lewis Hine

Birmingham Doffer: 1910

Birmingham Doffer: 1910

John Tidwell, doffer in Avondale Mills. Birmingham, Alabama. November 1910. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Popeye and Friends: 1911

Popeye and Friends: 1911

August 1911. "Arthur Chalifoux (4th boy from left), 3 Rand St. North Adams, Massachusetts. Works in Eclipse Mills." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Goes to Moving Picture Shows

Goes to Moving Picture Shows

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "William Gross, 516 Tatnall Street. Newsboy, 15 years of age. Selling papers 5 years. Average earnings 50 cents per week. Father, carpenter, $18 week. Selling newspapers own choice, to get money to go to moving picture shows. Visits saloons. Smokes sometimes. "Serves papers" to prostitutes. On May 25 William gave to investigator a list of houses of prostitution written in his own handwriting, to which he serves papers. He also tells a story of occasionally guiding strangers to these houses, for which he receives from 15 cents to a quarter." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Father Dead. Gives Money to Mother.

Father Dead. Gives Money to Mother.

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "Louis Birch, 4th & Pine Streets. Newsboy, 12 years of age. Just started selling. Made 10 cents one day. Father dead. While not under any compulsion to sell papers, Louis, of his own accord, took it up in order to help support his widowed mother. Louis stays out until 12:30 every night and goes with his brother, Stanley, who is a messenger, on all calls because Stanley is afraid to be out on the street alone at night. Louis is clean, bright and willing. Visits saloons. Don’t smoke. Works 9 hours per day. Gives money to mother." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Visits Houses of Prostitution

Visits Houses of Prostitution

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "Frank F. Gibson, 1305 Linden Street. 14 years of age. Western Union Telegraph messenger No. 7. One year in service. Visits houses of prostitution. Guides soldiers to segregated district. Smokes. Still at school and works from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Don’t Smoke but Visits Saloons

Don’t Smoke but Visits Saloons

May 1910. Wilmington, Del. "Barney Goldstein, 83 W. 5th Street. 10 years old, selling newspapers 1 year. Average earnings 50 cents per week. Don’t smoke but visits saloons. Works five hours per day." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

All Earnings Go to Father

All Earnings Go to Father

May 21, 1910. "Joseph Severio, Peanut Vendor. Wilmington, Delaware. 11 years of age. Pushing cart 2 years. Out after midnight. Ordinarily works 6 hours per day. Works of own volition. Doesn't smoke. All earnings go to father." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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