Little Fattie: May 9, 1910. St. Louis, Mo. "Newsboy. Little Fattie. Less than 40 inches high, 6 years old. Been at it one year." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. "His shoes, and the sidewalk and the base of the streetlamp show clearly how physically dirty life was back then. Add to this probably once a week baths and it really was incredible. "
News boy - Mobile, Alabama ~ this looks like the Depression era, when many children had to work at very young ages, for their families' survival; fathers would sell peanuts on the street for the little bit of cash that he could get for them.
Nowy Sacz, Poland, A Jewish boy selling newspapers in the ghetto, 1940. The ghettos had their own paper they printed. Notice the boy is in rags, thin and dirty. Life in ghettos were terrible, over crowded, lacked food, water, sanitation needs etc