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The Gleaners: 1910

The Gleaners: 1910

February 1910. "10 a.m. Saturday. 36 Laight Street, New York. Florence Lieto, 10 years old; Jennie Macola, 10 years old (hidden); Mamie Macola, 8; Nicholas Macola, 6. Picking coffee sweepings. The sweepings cost 25 cents a sack at the warehouse, and picked-over coffee sells at about 12 cents a pound. Man working with sore hand tied up in bandage. Children work after school hours and on Saturdays." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Now that's some abject poverty right there!

Child's play?

That kid behind the hill of beans scares me. Maybe the brand of coffee they sell is "Chucky full o" Nuts"!

From these huddled masses

... yearning to breathe free have come our physicians, architects, lawyers, judges, professors, business magnates, legislators, musicians. You name it, and so these children and their descendants have become. My earliest ancestors came with the Puritan migration in the 1630s, probably for religious expression. My German relatives came to Minnesota in the 1840s to get away from European turmoil. My Scottish ancestors came twenty years later because they could. I'm glad no one sent them back.

It must be the caffeine

They appear to be working very fast.


I can’t decide which painting I’m reminded of more: Cezanne’s The Card Players or Van Gogh’s The Potato Eaters. Even Dave’s title sounds like the name of an Impressionist painting.

[Not quite. -Dave]

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Coffee still being sold there. Neni USA LLC, a coffee distributor, currently rents Apt 1B. Wonder if they'd be insulted if I inquire about sweepings.

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