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Tough Guys: 1975

Tough Guys: 1975

New York City, 1975. "Three boys with tough expressions smoking cigarettes." Compare with Lewis Hine's photo Skeeter's Branch Newsies, from 65 years earlier. Gelatin silver print by William J. Cunningham. View full size.

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Huge collars

Ugh! I was their age in that year and it's painful to look at photos of what we were wearing.

Should have been an album cover

Brownsville Station missed an opportunity for "Smokin' in the Boys Room"

[Oops, that song came out 2 years before this photo]

[How's this? - Dave]

Wonder what they're doing now

Corporate lawyers or investment bankers, most likely.

Same pose - Different times

Of course a small difference is that the Newsies were working hard earning a living to help put food on their families tables thru some tough times.

Those well dressed young guys on the other hand were probably acting tough and skipping a class (just as I was around the same year) and had no concept of what hardship means.

All mouth and trousers

to quote an English expression roughly meaning full of talk but nothing to back it up.

Nothing Changes!

The newsies could be their grandfathers.


The newsies in the post below might probably have wiped the floor with them. On a bad day. With one hand tied behind their backs.

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