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Wild Child: 1910

Wild Child: 1910

May 9, 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Johnnie Burns, a newsie who sells on Grand Avenue. 9 yrs old. Father says he is uncontrollable. Father also said his 4-year-old twins would be selling soon." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Chili con carne AND all kinds of sandwiches. I'm there.

As for the main subject, this is one of the best Hine pictures I've seen.

Johnnie Burns

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Johnnie Burns lived with his stepmother until at least 1930. His twin brothers were named Michael and Maurice. In 1920, he was a waiter at a St. Louis country club. In 1930, he was living in Kansas City, MO, and worked at "odd jobs." Johnnie died in San Diego in 1964. I have requested his obituary.


I haven't had a good plate of chile con carne since... well, it was well after 1910 whenever it was. Johnnie Burns looks like he owned the city.

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