Saturday, June 9, 2007
Really old school messenger
From Shorpy: "Raymond Bykes, Western Union No. 23, Norfolk Va. Said he was fourteen years old. Works until after one a.m. every night. He is precocious and not a little 'tough.' Has been here at this office for only three months, but he already knows the Red Light District thoroughly and goes there constantly. He told me he often sleeps down at the Bay Line boat docks all night. Several times I saw his mother hanging around the office, but she seemed more concerned about getting his pay envelope than anything else. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, 1911." Via End Pavement.