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Little Fattie: 1910

Little Fattie: 1910

May 9, 1910. St. Louis, Mo. "Newsboy. Little Fattie. Less than 40 inches high, 6 years old. Been at it one year." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.


Little Fattie

This photo was used in a full page b/w bleed advertisement in either Forbes or Fortune Magazine, sometime in the late Sixties or early Seventies. The headline across the top in dropout type:

By diligence, a quick-witted young fellow can rise from rags to riches.

Below, centered and also in dropout type: Fortune or Forbes.

I loved it so much when I first saw it, I had a photostat made of it and mounted it on foamcore board. I have it still and it still swells my heart with pride in the best productive ethic and values to be found the world over.


Mesmo não vivendo a época, nem nunca visto antes essa fotografia, me causou melancolia. Por que será??

Little Fattie: 1910

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have finally posted my story of this boy. He was quite a guy.

Still sellin' papers

This little guy made a recent appearance (10/15/08) in the Loudoun Times-Mirror newspaper (Leesburg, Va) in an ad for itself celebrating more than 200 years of history. Included was a photo credit to Lewis Hine. If the paper gets around to posting the page on-line I'll link it here.

How dirty life was back then.

His shoes, and the sidewalk and the base of the streetlamp show clearly how physically dirty life was back then. Add to this probably once a week baths and it really was incredible.

Little Fattie

To Joe Manning: Once you have it on hand, would you please forward me a copy:


Boy, doesn't he look like trouble waiting to happen!

Fattie and Family

So this is what was considered "fat" back then. I look forward to learning about Fattie and his family.

Little Fattie

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I recently identified this little boy. I will be interviewing one of the descendants soon. I got the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to publish the photo and an article, and a family member recognized the boy.

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