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Shorpy, a photo blog

A photo blog about what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating. Starting with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s including these gems:

Train Shed, Topeka: 1943

Shorpy and friends: 1910

The rat Collector: 1908

It’s quite shocking how many kids were employed at such dangerous jobs too. There are a few shots of 6yr old ‘newsies’ selling papers on the street, and a number of kids from about 9yrs old sitting in a mine hand-picking rocks from the coal as it’s taken on conveyor belt to be washed. Most of those kids apparently became deformed from their posture and died early from the copious amounts of thick coal dust in their lungs.

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