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todaysdocument:

Happy Birthday, Lewis Hine

Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Hughestown Borough Coal Co. Pittston, Pa., 01/16/1911

Born September 26, 1874, investigative photographer Lewis Wickes Hine used his camera as both a research tool and an instrument of social reform.  This photograph is one of a series given to the Children’s Bureau by the National Child Labor Committee. The almost five hundred photographs represent a fraction of the approximately 5,000 photographs Hine took for the committee to document working and living conditions for children.

The Oshkosh Public Museum touched on Hines’ Oshkosh upbringing in their column this month. But before he became famous for photos of the slums and of workers, he grew up the son of parents who ran a coffee shop on Main Street.

todaysdocument:

Happy Birthday, Lewis Hine

Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Hughestown Borough Coal Co. Pittston, Pa., 01/16/1911

Born September 26, 1874, investigative photographer Lewis Wickes Hine used his camera as both a research tool and an instrument of social reform.  This photograph is one of a series given to the Children’s Bureau by the National Child Labor Committee. The almost five hundred photographs represent a fraction of the approximately 5,000 photographs Hine took for the committee to document working and living conditions for children.

The Oshkosh Public Museum touched on Hines’ Oshkosh upbringing in their column this month. But before he became famous for photos of the slums and of workers, he grew up the son of parents who ran a coffee shop on Main Street.

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theatlantic:

In Focus: America: 50 States in 50 Photos 

In the past, I’ve composed many photo essays that took viewers on virtual tours of distant countries. Today, I decided to do the same thing, but focus closer to home, collecting one recent photograph from each of the 50 states in the United States of America. The photographs are not necessarily meant to represent the whole of any state. They are simply interesting, noteworthy, beautiful, or otherwise caught my eye. Sit back and enjoy a quick jaunt around the USA in 50 photographs from mid-2012.

See more. [Images: Reuters, AP, Getty]

I bet you can’t guess what Wisconsin’s image is. Hint: No cheese, airplanes, beer or brats.

Filed under wisconsin america photos

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Wisconsin’s first major candidate to seek the White House

Paul Ryan wasn’t the first Wisconsin resident to seek an office in the West Wing. Wisconsin Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette ran for president in 1925 and collected almost 5 million votes in a losing effort against Republican Calvin Coolidge.

Photos:

1. 1923 cover of Time. (Time)

2. 1906 political cartoon  (Wisconsin Historical Society)

3. The 50th Congressional delegation from Wisconsin. La Follette is top left right, adjacent to Oshkosh’s Philetus Sawyer. (Oshkosh Public Museum.)

4. A 1911 cartoon of La Follette’s railroad reform (WHS)

5. An anti-La Follette cartoon from Life magazine in 1917. (WHS)

Filed under Wisconsin politics vp veep vice president president progressive republicans fighting bob la follette

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We’ve been full of stories about the Buckstaff company the last week. But we feel that some of the cooler items in our package may have been missed, like these photos from a gallery of Buckstaff workers. There are some really great shots of the company’s workers throughout the years. Like this gallery, you may also want to check out this gallery on Buckstaff senics, Buckstaff documents as well as a look into the empty shells of the buildings on the property now.

Filed under oshkosh sawdust woodworking furniture buckstaff history

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theeconomist:

Daily chart: which countries have the highest rates of cannabis use? There are between 119m and 224m users of cannabis. The Pacific island of Palau reports the highest rate: nearly a quarter of people aged 15 to 64 smoked pot in the past year. Italians and Americans also like to get high.

Photo: Americans apparently like to get high. Especially when compared to rest of world. But does this mean anything?

theeconomist:

Daily chart: which countries have the highest rates of cannabis use? There are between 119m and 224m users of cannabis. The Pacific island of Palau reports the highest rate: nearly a quarter of people aged 15 to 64 smoked pot in the past year. Italians and Americans also like to get high.

Photo: Americans apparently like to get high. Especially when compared to rest of world. But does this mean anything?