Thursday, July 23, 2009
Western Union Messenger Boy
This picture was taken in 1913 in Houston Texas. The picture shows J. T. Marshall, who at 11 years old was a messenger boy for Western Union. He delivered telegrams and messages throughout Houston, including the red light district. Child labor was very common in the 1910's across the country. I have to think that being a messenger boy would be a better job than some at the time, like working in a sweat shop or coal mining.