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Meet the Mauros: 1911

Meet the Mauros: 1911

New York. December 1911. "5 p.m. Mrs. Mary Mauro, 309 E. 110th St., 2nd floor. Family works on feathers (sewing them together for use as a hat trimming). Make $2.25 a week. In vacation two or three times as much. Victoria, 8 yrs. Angelina 10 yrs. (a neighbor). Frorandi 10 yrs. Maggie 11 yrs. All work except two boys against wall. Father is street cleaner and has steady job. Girls work until 7 or 8 p.m. Once Maggie worked until 10 p.m." Glass plate by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Meet the Mauros: 1911

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. My story of this family is posted. I interviewed the daughter of the boy who is sleeping in the photo. Her interview still gives me goosebumps. This is one of my favorites among the many stories I have done.

Migratory Bird Treaty Act

A major reason for passage of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act was to protect birds from being harvested for their feathers. Before the MBTA, it was estimated that a few million birds per year were killed to provide decorative plumes for hats.

Childcare circa 1922

It's crafts day at the childcare center, except it has work and care.


Looks like Mom figured a way to work and rock the baby at the same time with the rocker base on the crib, I like that! They seem pretty happy and look well fed even though they work long hours. Every hand helping for the good of the family. During this time learning sewing skills may have helped some of the little girls make their living or open a business later in life. Too bad most girls today have no such skills or interests.

I want to know

I want to know more about the little one behind Mama, that can't help out.

No way Tito!

If googlemaps is to be believed, it would appear that section of East 110th St has been renamed Tito Puente Way. "309" is on the door.

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Tic Tac Toe

On the wall is probably one of their sources of fun!

Meet the Mauros: 1911

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I recently interviewed the daughter of the toddler who is sleeping in the arms of his brother. I will notify Shorpy when my story of this family is completed.

[Sounds fascinating! - Dave]

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