Poor and homeless East End children: c.1900
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A group of four poverty stricken boys, dressed in rags, circa 1900. Offering food and shelter to homeless children was thought by some to encourage idleness and begging. On the 17th of November 1888, a piece in the Daily Telegraph urged that 'any assistance should be directed, not to casual help, but to permanent elevation.'
1900 AD - 1910 AD