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In A Sweat Shop “12
year old boy at work pulling threads. Had sworn certificate he was 16
– owned under cross-examination to being 12. His teeth corresponded
with that age.”
Jacob A Riis, ca. 1890

Peddler in a cellar atop a makeshift bed consisting of two barrels and a plank of wood, Jacob A Riis, 1890  

This chair ain’t big enough for the two of us! (Kibby and Benson Furniture and Undertaking promotional picture ca. 1910)

Seeing Washington tour, Starting Point Home Life Building opposite U.S. Treasury, souvenir portrait ca. 1900 

During
the 1840s, the city of New York mistakenly allowed the building of
train tracks along Manhattan’s West Side. Soon after, trains and
street-level vehicles collided in frequent accidents, leading the
Eleventh Avenue freight line to be nicknamed “Death Avenue.” To provide
more safety, the West Side Cowboys were formed, a contingent of several
men on horseback who rode ahead of the trains to signal their arrival.
In the 1930s a large project to reconfigure the West Side included the
relocation of the dangerous tracks to an elevated High Line.
Furthermore, the trains could move through factories and warehouses,
delivering and picking up supplies. The trains hummed along until they
faced competition with interstate trucks, and the southernmost section
was torn up in the 1960s. The last train moved through in 1980.

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