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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Lewis Hine

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.

 

Oscar Weston: 1911

Oscar Weston: 1911

June 1911. "Oscar Weston, 1320 Berkley Avenue, South Norfolk. Has been doing 'toting work' off and on for a year at the Chesapeake Knitting Mills in Berkley, Virginia." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Knitting Mill Boys: 1911

Knitting Mill Boys: 1911

These boys work in the Chesapeake Knitting Mills, Berkley, Virginia, and live in South Norfolk (youngest refused to give names): Otto, Lowe, 78 Seaboard Ave., Finishing Room. D.M. Deschields, 25 Phillip St., Winding Room. Lonnie Womack, Hawthorn Ave., Winding Room. Jack Harrell, 66 Perry St., Finishing. Waverley Roseberry, 250 St. James, Winding Room. Charlie McHorney, 4 Poindexter St., Winding Room. June 1911. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Sidney the Barefoot Bundle Boy

Sidney the Barefoot Bundle Boy

Bundle carrier Sidney Ashcraft, 10 years old, 517 Hannibal Street North, Cincinnati, Ohio. August 1908. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Tallest boy Johnnie Younts, 72 Kirk Street, Salisbury, North Carolina. Has worked at in Salisbury Mills for 8 years. Began at 7 years old. When can he get any education? Other boy one year in mill. December 1908. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. [At least they could afford nice clothes - Dave]

 

Jersey City Newsies: 1912

Jersey City Newsies: 1912

"3 p.m. Some of the boys at a busy trolley junction in Jersey City. Three brothers, Salvatore, 9 yrs. (in front), Joseph, 11 yrs. (cripple), Lewis, 13 yrs. (between these two). 'We would be murdered if we shot craps.' Boy at left sold me pair of dice for 2 cents." November 1912. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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