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Two Boys in Shower, Postal Tel. Co., Broadway, New York by Lewis Hine
Two Boys in Shower, Postal Tel. Co., Broadway, New York by Lewis Hine

Two Boys in Shower, Postal Tel. Co., Broadway, New York, 1910

Lewis Hine

A pencil inscription on the back of this photograph reads: “The boys make good of the shower baths.” The photographer was a trained educator and early user of documentary photography as an educational tool. We’re left to puzzle out the context, but the photo’s location, the Postal Telegraph Company, provides a clue. Were these boys messengers, showering down after work? And was this part of one Hine’s student projects documenting child labor? The photo is obviously posed: the youth in the back looks defiant, the one in front reluctant, but the rest is lost to time.

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