“On the tenth day of Archives an archivist brought to me:
Ten messengers playing poker
nine Metlakahlta baseball players
Eight Navy officers
seven of Mrs. Hicks’s eight children,
six tiny thorn carvings,
five sisters from Alaska,
four boys hanging out at the Fletcher aircraft school,
three happy girls at a West Virginian celebration,
two San Francisco children painting,
and one astronaut in space.”
“8 p.m.: Flashlight photo of messengers absorbed in their usual game of poker in the ‘Den of the terrible nine.’ (Waiting room for Western Union Messengers, Hartford, Connecticut.)” March 5, 1909, ARC Identifier 523167.

“On the tenth day of Archives an archivist brought to me:

Ten messengers playing poker

nine Metlakahlta baseball players

Eight Navy officers

seven of Mrs. Hicks’s eight children,

six tiny thorn carvings,

five sisters from Alaska,

four boys hanging out at the Fletcher aircraft school,

three happy girls at a West Virginian celebration,

two San Francisco children painting,

and one astronaut in space.”

“8 p.m.: Flashlight photo of messengers absorbed in their usual game of poker in the ‘Den of the terrible nine.’ (Waiting room for Western Union Messengers, Hartford, Connecticut.)” March 5, 1909, ARC Identifier 523167.