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Honest Scrap: 1910

Honest Scrap: 1910

May 1910. East St. Louis, Illinois. "Noon hour at Obear-Nestor Glass Co. Names of the smaller boys are: Walter Sohler, 918 N. 18th Street; Walter Riley, 918 N. 17th Street; Will Convery, 1828 Natalie Avenue; Clifford Matheny, 1927 Summit Ave. All these boys were working." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

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Happy Days

Seems too me that most pictures of the kids from this era always have a somewhat sad, disheartened look about them. But not this bunch of guys. I wonder what was so funny?

Where these kids lived

Here's the map of where these kids lived. Walter Sohler's address of 918 N. 18th St. is the marker point in this map, and all the rest of the address would be found in the scope of this map. 1828 Natalie Avenue (northeast corner of the map) and 1927 Summit Avenue (southwest corner of the map) are situated right along the railroad tracks, which leads me to believe these kids spent a lot of their free time hiking up and down the rails. Interestingly, 918 N. 17th Street (Walter Riley's address) appears not to exist any more, probably due to I-64 bisecting the area and streets being re-routed as a result.


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The next best thing to a time machine

Shorpy is a fascinating site. I really enjoy studying these old photos--the people, the buildings, clothing styles, etc.--wondering what was going on at the moment the shutter snapped, and what happened to the people. Until someone invents a time machine, Shorpy is the next best thing. Thanks for your efforts.

Retrognathic

Everyone seems very happy but I've never seen so many overbites in one picture in my life.

Thanks

Thank you for posting Lewis Hine pictures more frequently lately. I really enjoy seeing them!

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