May 5: Today in St. Louis History

One hundred and six years ago, at eleven in the morning, Red St. Clair and his fellow St. Louis Times newsboys posed for this photograph.

St. Louis Newsies

“Red St. Clair and his pals hanging around Murphy’s Branch. 11 A.M.” St. Louis, May 5, 1910. Lewis Wickes Hine. (Library of Congress)

Of course I’m not sure what Red St. Clair and his pals were really up to that day. According the photographer’s notes, they also were truant from school and playing craps in the street.

Now I just have to figure out what and where “Murphy’s Branch” is. And who is that man on the front page of the newspaper?

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“Truants, “Red St. Clair,” and chum shooting craps in front of Murphy’s Branch 11 A.M. a school day. Red is boss of the gang here.” St. Louis, May 5, 1910. Lewis Wickes Hine. (National Archives)

 

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