110 Years Ago

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July 1910: A newsboy and newsgirl sell papers around saloon entrances in Bowery, Manhattan, New York City.

1910 in New York saw the first public radio broadcast – live performances of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci from the Metropolitan Opera House, and the second ever NAACP meeting.

The photograph was taken by Lewis Wickes Hine.

Universal Children’s Day

Today is Universal Children’s Day. The 20th of November is also the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. Additionally, the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on this date in 1989.

In an age where Russia had whitewashed Stalin’s image and the nation now reveres him almost as a God, and at a time when young people – ignorant, or perhaps wilfully ignorant of recent history – embrace communism (if I see one more “social justice warrior” with a hammer and sickle avatar…), I’d like to share some pictures.

These aren’t children in a Nazi concentration camp; they’re Soviet children in communist gulags during Stalin’s reign.

The problem with 20th century history taught in schools is that it stops with Hitler. Few seem aware that Stalin had the deaths of tens of millions on his hands.

The communist utopia teens and twenty-somethings in the West seem to dream of these days? This was the reality of it.

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These aren’t children in a Nazi concentration camp they’re Soviet children in communist gulags during Stalin’s reign. D0-MimeWwAIrLf1

D0-Mh0LX4AAz7ch These aren’t children in a Nazi concentration camp they’re Soviet children in communist gulags during Stalin’s reign.

On this day: Child Labour in Alabama

Child workers are seen at a factory in Huntsville, Alabama, USA at noon on the 18th of November 1910.

The photograph was taken by social activist and renowned photographer Lewis Hine, (1874-1940), who was instrumental in child labour reform in the United States, but who ended his life in poverty and obscurity, unable to find much interest in his work at the time of his death.

Child_workers_in_Huntsville,_Alabama Coming out at noon, Merrimac Mills. All workers, even the boys at the side of the gate. Huntsville, Ala., 11-18-1910. Photographed by Lewis Hine.

On this day…

Frederick Farrand Trollope, aged almost three, in his Sunday best and holding a toy sabre. Photographed in Grafton on the 29th of December, 1878. New South Wales Australia VIctorian Era

Frederick Farrand Trollope, aged almost three, in his Sunday best and holding a toy sabre. Photographed in Grafton on the 29th of December, 1878.

On the Clarence River, in the north of New South Wales, Australia, Grafton received city status in 1885.

Wartime Christmas

English children evacuated during The Blitz eat their Christmas dinner in 1941 in a home for evacuees in Henley-on-Thames, a town along the River Thames in Oxfordshire.

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Christmas dinner for children in a home for evacuees at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 1941._1941__D5703 England Second World War Two

On this day: Churchill’s Grandson at Christmas

'English Father Christmas' presents Winston Churchill Jr., the Prime Minister's grandson, with a gift at a Christmas party at Admiralty House in London, 17 December 1942.'Father Christma

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17th December 1942: Father Christmas presents British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s grandson – also named Winston – with a book of nursery rhymes for Christmas at a function at Admiralty House in London. The younger Winston was two at the time.

The younger Winston went on to become a Conservative politician. He married twice, had four children, and died of cancer in his late-sixties in 2010.