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"[When we were growing up at the turn of the century], ice wagons had a convenient step at the back of them upon which we used to 'hitch.' Stealing a piece of ice upon which to suck or being content to stand on the step and to watch the asphalt fly beneath our feet as the big brown horses pulled the yellow ice-wagon fast along the streets."

- Ethel and Oliver Hale, born 1891, 1893, Harlem

Boy on back of bus
1978: Child hitching a ride, Manhattan
(Photo copyright ©1978 Martha Cooper, used with permission)

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