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Messenger Boys

Messenger boys were uniformed young men between 10 and 18 years of age who carried telegrams through urban streets.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1900
A few of the messengers Western Union, Hartford, Conn. They are on duty, alternate nights, until 10 P.M. (See label #592). Messenger #32 is Thomas De Lucco with him (in Tenderloin district) recorded in report to Committee.  Location: Hartford, Connecticut.
Messenger boys were uniformed young men between 10 and 18 years of age who carried telegrams through urban streets. In most areas they used bicycles; in some dense areas they went on foot. Unlike the men in the telegraph office who worked indoors on fixed wages under close supervision, enjoyed union benefits, and managed the electrical transfer of information, telegraph boys worked outdoors under no supervision on piece wages, saw no union benefits, and managed the physical aspect of the industry in the form of handwritten or printed paper messages.
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[Street types of New York City: Messenger boy and bike]

[Street types of New York City: Messenger boy and bike]

Photoprint copyrighted by Elizabeth Alice Austen. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Geogr.; Occupations; Child Labor Messengers; Bicycles.

Messenger Boys, New Haven, Conn. - March

Messenger Boys, New Haven, Conn. - March

Artist: Lewis Wickes Hine.Artist Bio: American, 1874 - 1940.Creation Date: 1909.Process: gelatin silver print.Credit Line: Gift of Daniel D. Bumstea.Accession Number: 1985.037.007

Messenger Boys, New Haven, Conn. - March

Messenger Boys, New Haven, Conn. - March

Artist: Lewis Wickes Hine.Artist Bio: American, 1874 - 1940.Creation Date: 1909.Process: gelatin silver print.Credit Line: Gift of Daniel D. Bumstead.Accession Number: 1985.037.008

Strikes - messenger boys, N.Y. - surrounding a scab

Strikes - messenger boys, N.Y. - surrounding a scab

Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Caption card tracings: Strikes; Child labor.

Strikes - Messenger boys, N.Y.--At 6th Ave. & 32nd St. Nov. 1916]

Strikes - Messenger boys, N.Y.--At 6th Ave. & 32nd St. Nov. 1916]

12 messenger boys and two men posed. Bain News Service photograph. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Original negative may be available: LC-B2-4042-4

No more messenger boys for the National Woman's Party--from president to messenger all the members of the staff are feminine. This is in accordance with the stipulation of Mrs. Belmont when she donated the National Women's [i.e., Woman's] Party headquarters.  Photo of Julia Obear, messenger

No more messenger boys for the National Woman's Party--from president ...

Julia Obear, full-length portrait, with bicycle, facing right.