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Lewis Hine

Shortchanger: 1915

Shortchanger: 1915

A 6-year-old newsie who tried to "short change" me. Los Angeles, California. May 1915. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Knoxville Messengers: 1910

Knoxville Messengers: 1910

December 1910. "Postal Telegraph Messengers, Knoxville, Tennessee." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Livers the Newsie: 1910

Livers the Newsie: 1910

"Livers," a young newsie. St. Louis, Missouri. May 1910. View full size.

 

Fruit Market: 1908

Fruit Market: 1908

Indianapolis Market. August 1908. Wit., E. N. Clopper. People shopped at open-air markets like this for fresh produce before the advent of the supermarket, which was basically a self-service farmers market, butcher shop and dry goods store all under one roof. View full size.

 

Not Pictured: Hector DuBois

Not Pictured: Hector DuBois

Group in front of Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Everyone in photo was working there. Boy not photographed: Hector Dubois, 24 Water St., doffer who crushed finger in pump. Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. View full size.

 

ADT Messengers: 1908

ADT Messengers: 1908

A. D. T. Messengers, August 1908. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana. (ADT, or American District Telegraph, was the forerunner of today's home security company.) Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Newsies and Dog: 1909

Newsies and Dog: 1909

Sunday 5 a.m. Newsies starting out. Boston, Massachusetts. October 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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