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Day Boy: 1913

Day Boy: 1913

Houston, October 1913. "Eleven-year-old Western Union messenger #51. J.T. Marshall. Been day boy here for five months. Goes to Red Light district some and knows some of the girls." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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JT

Freckled face, ears sticking out, cheeky grin... this kid has trouble written all over him! I find it interesting that Western Union had the kids dress up in shirts and ties to deliver telegrams, yet the shirts and pants look like they've been slept in.

Is it just me...

...or does it seem like Lewis Wickes Hine was obsessed with whether young delivery boys' work took them into the red light district?

[The point he's making (to the lawmakers who would see the National Child Labor Committee's report to Congress, which used these photographs as illustrations) is that having these kids on the streets instead of in school brought them into regular contact with prostitutes. - Dave]

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