My good friends over at Shorpy.com have this image of newsies (what they used to call the kids who peddled papers on the streets) from Boston, Massachusetts. October 1909. They look pretty chipper for being at work at 5 a.m. on a Sunday.
Guy in the Bowler hat must be a manager-type from the paper, but notice that some of the boys look to be about eight or nine and that one guy in the back right looks like he’s pushing 20.
Kudos to the fellow wearing the bowtie! Any bets that the dog’s name was Spot?
Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, whose photos of child labor were instrumental in getting child labor laws enacted in the U.S.
For one of Hines’s icon non-child labor photographs, check out this.