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.