THE LAST DON: Lewis Hine


Bonnie and Clyde

Lewis Wickes Hine

In the old days, Santa Claus would gather up bad children, toss them in his basket, and whisk them away to the North Pole to serve as his slaves. That's where the legend of Santa's elves came from. (Photo from Holland)


He has my respect.

The top of the Empire State Building features a blimp dock.

Construction of the United Nations building with the Empire State building in back.

A giant sequoia log, Sequoia National Park, California, c1910. From the 1880s through to the 1920s, logging took place in many groves in spite of marginal commercial returns. Due to their weight and brittleness, trees would often shatter when they hit the ground so that as little as 50% of the timber made it to the mill.

Steel Workers - before OSHA

Old construction workers, city view, up high, architechture, history, photograph, photo b/w.

Worker on top of the Empire State Building. 1931, photo by lewis hine

Vintage Empire State Building construction photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. 1931.

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Empire State Building, Lewis Hine

"Don't be afraid." That's what Ruby Bridges's mother told her on November 4, 1960. Little Ruby listened carefully to the advice. Soon, four United States federal court marshals, or officers, arrived at the Bridges family home in New Orleans, La., to drive the first grader to William Frantz Public School. A screaming mob was waiting. People stood near the building shouting. Ruby held her head high. With the marshals surrounding her, the 6-year-old walked into the school and into history

The always breathtaking image of a worker during construction of the Empire State Building: "Icarus, high up on Empire State" (1931)

Vintage July 28, 1945, B-25 bomber crashes into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building on the north side in dense fog, NYC,

Empire State Building construction, 1930

Paris, 1880s, Before Bartholdi and Eiffel built the full scale Statue of Liberty, two smaller scale models were constructed. The smallest of the two models can be found today in the east side of the Jardin de Luxembourg, in a clump of trees not far from the garden's entrance from rue de Medicis, in Paris. (CW18)