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Shortchanger: 1915

Shortchanger: 1915

A 6-year-old newsie who tried to "short change" me. Los Angeles, California. May 1915. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.


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The boy in this shot bears more than a passing resemblance to one of my 1st graders at work. In fact, if you remade this photo with Brody, I'd never be able to tell the difference. It's eerie, right down to that deadpan stare and the baggy eyes.

It just goes to show: clothes may change, but kids will always be kids.


I worked for a guy who was a "newsie" in the 1930's. He sold papers along the streetcar line, and knew the timetables.

When the streetcar was full and almost ready to leave, he'd get the money, pass the paper, and fidget pretending to find change until the streetcar left.

It worked until some of the riders got wise, chased him down the street, and he had to find a new route.

Robert M. Thomas became a well-known award-winning architect in Orange County, California.

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