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Li’l Drug Runner: 1913

Li’l Drug Runner: 1913

Preston DeCosta, 15 years old. Messenger #3 for Bellevue Messenger Service in San Antonio, Texas. October 1913. I ran across him while he was carrying notes back and forth between a prostitute in jail and a pimp in the Red Light. He had read all the notes and knew all about them. He was a fine grained adolescent boy. Has been delivering messages and drugs in the Red Light for 6 months and knows the ropes thoroughly. "A lot of these girls are my regular customers. I carry 'em messages and get 'em drinks, drugs, etc. Also go to the bank with money for 'em. If a fellow treats 'em right, they'll call him by number and give him all their work. I got a box full of photos I took of these girls - some of 'em I took in their room." Works until 11 P.M. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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1910 Census

Says his name is Creston, his father is Will T, mother Minnie, younger brother Joseph, age 7, sister Dorothy, age 4. Father's parents are French, Mother's Swedish, Father works as a 'sign painter'.

Soooooooooo....

If ya gots a box of these girly pics where's the girlies?

Let's see

the photos of the girls instead!

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