• This photograph, taken by an unknown photographer in Nashville, Tennessee, in November 1910, shows two seven-year old newspaper boys. The photograph is from the collection of the Children’s Bureau, a government office established in 1912 to investigate and report "upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of children and child life among all classes of our people." Enactment of the law was the culmination of a campaign begun in 1903 by two early social reformers, Lillian Wald of New York's Henry Street Settlement House, and Florence Kelly of the National Consumer's League. The first Chief of the Children's Bureau was Julia C. Lathrop (1858-1932), a pioneering social worker active in Hull House, an organization established to provide services to newly-arrived immigrants in Chicago.


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  • Department of Commerce and Labor, Children's Bureau, Washington, D.C.

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  • Two 7 Year Old Newsies, Profane and Smart, Selling Sunday, Nashville, Tennessee


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  • 1 photograph (black and white)