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18 Eye-Opening Photos of Children Throughout History

Before the ’80s and the emergence of childhood as modern culture recognizes it, kids experienced lives and situations that would warrant more than just an extra juice box and extended nap time. For all the love and adoration they receive, youngsters also must fend off the bullsh*t they’re born into through no fault of their own. At the turn of the century children were expected to provide for their family, all while fighting off diseases like polio and typhoid. Childhood is all fun and play until someone needs the iron lung.

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