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Sadie Singer: 1917

Sadie Singer: 1917

Boston, January 29, 1917. "Sadie Singer, 15 years old, racking flowers at the Boston Floral Supply Co., 347-357 Cambridge Street. Said to be the only flower factory in Massachusetts." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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Poor Sadie

Can someone explain what is going on here? Are they real flowers? Is that wax they're being stuck in? What is "racking." Who bought them? Poor Sadie looks bored out of her skull.

[They're roses dipped in wax for use in flower arrangements. - Dave]

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