In Shreveport, Louisiana, a lone newspaper boy, known as a "newsy," parks his bike against an outside wall adorned with calligraphic advertisements for drugs, tonics, and cigars that reflect the commercial culture of the time.
Dressed in knickers, the young newsy gazes directly into the camera with a composed expression, his face reflecting a sense of seriousness. He is characteristic of the hardworking youngsters who sought to make a living by selling newspapers on the bustling streets of early 20th-century America.
Hine had a keen eye for detail and an ability to capture evocative images. His photos serve as stark reminders of the hardships faced by countless children during an era when child labor laws were nonexistent or insufficient.