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Onem, Jack and Jesse: 1917

Onem, Jack and Jesse: 1917

March 14, 1917. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. "Jack Ryan, 6 years old and Jesse Ryan, 10 years old. Onem Smith, 12 years old and lives at 1506 S. Robinson St. Onem said: 'I never have been in school in my life but I got a pretty good education - sellin' papers'." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Homer O Smith

Pretty sure I've got the right one. Found in 1920 census with his mother Carrie 48, brother Wilbur 19, sister Lois A 16. Homer is an Assistant Pressman, brother is an agent for an express company, sister is a telephone operator.


yes, mild and mellow to the last inch was an Admiration slogan


Anyone know what is in the "Admiration" boxes? Cigars?

at least

In those days...he would have learned the correct way to spell from newspapers..not like today.



A U Boat sank an American steamer called the Algonquin on 14-March-1917. This must be an afternoon paper. Congress passed the declaration of war on 06-April-1917.

Thanks for another nice photo.

Joe Thompson ;0)

The paper says

American Ship Shelled?

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