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Salty Alice: 1909

Salty Alice: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "Newsgirls waiting for papers. Largest girl, Alice Goldman, has been selling for 4 years. Newsdealer says she uses viler language than the newsboys do. Bessie Goldman and Bessie Brownstein are 9 years old and have been selling about one year. All sell until 7 or 7:30 p.m." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.


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I love knowing what happened to her and it's notable that in the photos of her as an older lady in the linked story, she still has the same sweet face. Not everyone remains as recognizable as they age.

Bessie Brownstein

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Thanks, "Oschene," for posting a link to my story about Bessie. (Note: The link has now changed).

It was nice to see that she had a happy life. I could find no records to indicate what happened to the Goldman girls. I searched the marriage records at Hartford City Hall and came up with nothing. And there is no death record for either one of them as Goldman.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Alice probably learned to use that language out of necessity. I imagine it had to be pretty rough being a young girl having to scrape a living out on the mean streets so if she told some guy who was getting a little too familiar not to f*** with her, she meant it literally.

Sounds like Bessie Brownstein had a good, long life. I hope things also got better for the Goldman girls.

Bessie Brownstein

What happened to her later on here.

Ah yes, the Good Old Days!

It was a kinder time, a gentler time. Young ladies were invariably innocent, patriotic and delicate; the tattoos on their chests being American eagles or that sentimental old standby, "Mom."

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