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Orchard Park: 1943

Orchard Park: 1943

May 1943. "Buffalo, New York. Peter Grimm, age 10 (last seen here), delivers for Loblaw's grocery store with his wagon. This was a rainy day with few customers. Sometimes Peter makes as much as $3 on a Saturday. He pays for all his school supplies and much of his clothing. His mother, a 26-year-old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt & Letchworth." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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The Pratt brothers and William Letchworth formed the Buffalo Malleable Iron Works in 1836. Their iron formula produced durable products for carriages, saddlery, farm equipment and later railroad steam engine wheels and running gear. In 1889 they hired George Crosby to design cast iron toys to promote their malleable iron's flexibility. Now they are most remembered for the finely detailed and painted "malleable iron" indestructible horse drawn toys that are at top of toy collectors' lists. From the complete fireman sets with all the apparatus and even an operating burning building to save a fair maiden, their iron formula greatly reduced the brittleness of cast iron that was a problem for the broken legs on horses and firemen's arms on Christmas Day.

Peter was quite the mover and groover.

This is the first job my friend Peggy and I did in the 60's, in Montreal, Canada. We were also 10 yrs old and on a good day we could make 2$ between us. Peter must have had better patter in order to loosen those purse strings.

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