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June 1911. "Mrs. L. Bosher, living in the rundown cotton mill village of Matoaca, Virginia. Her husband has been a mill hand here for a long time but recently got work uptown, as many of their neighbors have done during the slack times, most of them going way into the city [Richmond] to the trunk and cigarette factories." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Matoaca, Virginia. June 1911. "Lawrence Purdie (right end) has been spinning in the mule room of the cotton mill at Matoaca for two years. His brother, next to him, helps there. Others in the photo are not working yet. The father is not at work now as work is slack." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.