Looking Into the Past: Newsie, Willard Hotel, Washington, DC

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    Well, the landscape looks similar in this view, but thank goodness times have changed. This kid is 9 years old!

    Caption of original image, taken by Lewis Hine:

    Israel April, 314 I St., S.W., Washington, D.C. "I serves the President". 9 yr. old news boy with no badge selling near Willard Hotel, Sunday P.M., 4/14/12. Been selling for several years. I found him selling after midnight April 17th and 18th. Quite a pugnacious little chap. He and his brother are said to have a large clientele among ambassadors and senators. Location: Washington (D.C.), District of Columbia.

    Original image taken on April 14, 1912, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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    1. Alice...Sibley 46 months ago | reply

      Lovely idea...nice capture too :D

    2. Justin.Lee.Photography 45 months ago | reply

      weird how the original image looks so surreal likes it is itself photoshopped.
      great work here!

    3. AdeyChaplin 45 months ago | reply

      The concept behind these images is brilliant. Great idea and excellent execution!

    4. skyr2008 22 months ago | reply

      Interesting on the date. Hine doesn't mention it, but I wonder if the newsie's selling after midnight several days later would have also had to do with the sinking of the Titanic, which would have happened just after the photo was taken, and the news of which would have made the front pages beginning on April 16, 1912...

    5. jasonepowell 22 months ago | reply

      I would be very surprised if you weren't exactly correct, skyr2008. I did not pick up on that at all, great eye.

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