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January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "This boy has worked in Payne Cotton Mill for 2 yrs. Runs four sides and earns 52 cents a day. Overseer has hand on boy's shoulder. He said this mill made 70% profit last year and expects to make 100% this year. Owned by Bibb Mfg. Co." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.
November 1912. South Framingham, Massachusetts. "Home of Rufine Morini, 6 Coburn Street. Two mothers, three children 10, 8 and 6 years old, working on tags for Dennison. Children anaemic. Make $10 (more or less) a month. Witness, F.A. Smith." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.