1915 photo of newsboys in Los Angeles

May 1915. "Nine-year-old newsie and his 7-year-old brother 'Red.' Tough specimen of Los Angeles newsboys." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. -- Shorpy

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  1. Folks really did grow up a lot quicker back then, especially working-class ones. And died a lot quicker too.

  2. To think that their job was replaced with a mechanical box, and that box's position was replaced by a computer.

  3. This is what the near future will look like if the Republicans succeed in "drowning the government in a bathtub".

  4. Maybe they had shoes that they only wore to church. At least back then there was probably zero broken glass in the street since all bottles were recycled.

    John Stossel on Fox was talking about how the poor are victimized by the minimum wage. His guest was saying how immigrants weren't held back by the government social programs. He did not mention how they lived eight to a room, suffered from malnutrition, TB, and parasites and died by the age of 50.

  5. Heat of the summer? Luxury! When I was a kid, we sold newspapers in the winter. People didn't want papers that were frozen though, so we had to warm them with our meager body heat. Because we couldn't afford food, we occasionally would eat one of the weaker newsboys or a sewer gator.

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