The Buffalo NY Group, 1915 & 1940s
The first sub-group is of newsies, Tony Tomasula (age 9), Morris Bookbinder (age 12), and Frank Thomas (age 10) photographed outside of the Buffalo Evening News offices. These are from around 1915. As I worked I noticed in the background the line of waiting commuters in one shot, then the street car arriving, and finally passengers boarding in the next two. Realizing the sequence I felt as though I was seeing a minute movie of the boys' lives. Were they glad for the diversion of being photographed? Did they think the photographer was naive, with a romantic view of them and their work?
The second group of images show scenes in lifes of munitions plant swing-shift workers at Pratt and Letchworth. These are anywhere between 1940-44. The child is Carol Grimm. She and her sister lived with a foster mother during the week, and with their mother on Sundays. Mrs Grimm, a widow with four other children, was a crane operator at P&L.