Old-Times: Tough Choices
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In some parts of the old-times the choice for a young boy was to either work in the coal mines or have polio. Each path had few benefits - the coal mine was a lot more work and probably still ended in death, but at least for some there was a chance of working their way up and becoming a portly mining baron, with squinty eyes and a round face and a stubby cigar, their image immortalized in all future versions of Monopoly.

Here we see a boy at the cusp of the decision, clearly capable of going down either road but unsure which to choose. Although we have no record of what happened, we know the old-times were not a time for indecision and lolly-gagging, and we're left to fear the worst.

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