Girls and Boys

BG1918_From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1918.

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4 Responses to Girls and Boys

  1. snowflakeschance says:

    Gee, they have SO MUCH time left to be boys and girls!


    • Sean says:

      I was thinking the same thing. The ad was placed in June so presumably kids were out of school, but still — I wonder what the hours were.

      Advancement? Is there such a position as “Second Urchin’s Assistant”? 🙂


      • snowflakeschance says:

        I just keep thinking poor kids! I have none of my own, but was an aunt before I was born…presently at 16, but I would need to make a chart. Babies were like a biblical plate in my house…albeit a biblical plague of cuteness. I can’t imagine sending children to work. They are rather tireless until they reach that tipping point… ha ha ha


  2. This ad is pretty sobering. Petroski’s book quotes a 1912 description of “bright, healthy, active girls” picking up a dozen pencils at a time in the Dixon factory (p. 315). In 1918 young post-grammar school adolescents might have been doing factory work all year long. The half-Saturday must have looked like a feature, not a bug: a five-and-a-half-day week instead of six. And now I’m thinking of my grandfather, who left school at ten to go to work.


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