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Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910

Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910

11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 1910. "Newsies at Skeeter’s Branch, Jefferson near Franklin, St. Louis." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Got the print

Ordered this in 11x17-ish size, hangs in my guest bathroom. I highly recommend ordering prints from Shorpy. Top quality, fast delivery, friendly service.

Thanks Shorpy!

Thanks for moving this entry up so we didn't miss Joe Manning's update. I always enjoy and find his research very interesting.

The 3 Bruisers

Meet Moe, Larry & Burly.

A fast crowd

Though this appears shocking to us today, kids like these grew up real fast. My father drove a Model T at 11 years old.

Skeeter's Branch Newsies: 1910

This is Joe Manning again. I have completed my story of Raymond Klose, who was the boy in the middle of the picture.

Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have identified the boy in the middle. I interviewed his niece today, and will let Shorpy know when my story is posted. The boy died in 1964 at the age of 67. For many years, he was a streetcar conductor.

My Kid Brother

This picture was a real eye opener. The kid in the middle is a dead ringer for my kid brother Kevin...right down to the cigarette, the cocked head, the smirk and looking thru the smoke. Wow what a shock it was to run accross this. Wait till Mom finds out!!!

He Looks 40

That middle kid looks closer to 40 than to 10. I guess hard living and squinting through smoke will do that for you.

Songstress Sade tells us:

"The secret of their fear and their suspicion
Standing there looking like an angel
In his brown shoes, his short suit
His white shirt and his cuffs a little frayed"

Also a book cover?

I think this image was also used as the book cover image for a book about how "teenager" came to be a cultural category. Alas, I forget the name of the book and the author...

History repeats itself

100 years later and we STILL haven't learned that smoking KILLS!
BTW - These kids don't even look like they're past 10 years old!

Could that be Papa Muzevich?

Gee, one of these kids could be my relatives. My Grandmother grew up on Franklin Avenue in St. Louis. And yes...the proclivity for smoking continues in the gene line...sigh.

Great site.


These boys were cool, when this expression wouldn't have been used for anything else but temperature...

Album art

This image was used on the album "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone" by The Walkmen. Just in case anyone finds this interesting.

Great images btw!


[Yes, Shorpy finds this very interesting. Thanks! - Dave]

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