Lewis Hine's 1910 photographs of Buffalo newsies
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Monday, September 28, 2015
In 1910, the social documentary photographer Lewis Hine visited Buffalo on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee to document the plight of the city's child laborers. Among those laborers were dozens of young newsies, who often endured harsh conditions and long hours on city streets selling copies of many daily newspapers that existed then, including the Buffalo Evening News.
Hine's child labor photos, which were instrumental in alerting Americans to the horrendous conditions under which many children toiled, are now in the online digital collection of the Library of Congress at loc.gov.
The photo captions are taken directly from Hine, who kept meticulous records of his photographs.