The Cheap Seats (1910)

Posted by jdg | 11:12 AM |

These urchins were found by photographer Lewis Hine in an alley behind a "moving picture theater" on First Street in Troy, New York. According to Hine, all of them were hanging around the stage entrance at 10:30 p.m. and peeking in to see the movie on the screen. The kid on the right said he was 5-years old, so the others must have been considerably younger.

I have no doubt that Charlie Chaplin or Fatty Arbuckle would approve.
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