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11 year old peanut vendor with his cart selling peanuts on the street in Wilmington, Delaware. Photograph dates to 1910.

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Community Post: Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

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During the Industrial Revolution, children of Britain usually between ages four and eight were trained to sweep chimneys. Parents would sell boys to work in chimneys. Very little girls were employed to work. The smaller the child, the higher the price they could be sold for. This job was full of risk and the conditions were filthy. The children would develop sores and bruises on their knees and elbows from working in the chimneys. Public buildings and big mansions were the most dangerous…

1912 A medicine man of the Blood tribe standing in front of a teepee. Arthur Rafton-Canning took many photographs of the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. As was typical of the time, these were copied by postcard manufacturers across North America and sold without credit or compensation to Rafton-Canning.

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Community Post: Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

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Community Post: Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

White Slaves Mass Campaign: Eight former slaves toured the northern states to raise money for impoverished African-American schools in New Orleans; four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions were deliberately included to evoke sympathy from white northerners. ca 1865

From the archives of the National Postal Museum comes this photo of a postal carrier with a young boy in his mailbag. After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

Beautiful Victorian stage actress Belle Archer looking heartbreakingly blue in this lovely photograph of her in her youth. #Victorian #19th_century #1800s #photograph #antique #vintage #woman #Belle_Archer #actress #stage

Dorise Eaton Travis. Ziegfeld girl. possibly only 14 years old at the time this photo was taken.

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Community Post: Ghostbuster Abe Lincoln

An extremely rare photograph of President Abraham Lincoln taken during his brief yet memorable stint as a paranormal investigator and eliminator circa 1864.


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President Lincoln in his White House office, 1864

In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’.