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November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "Donnie Cole. 'Our baby doffer,' they called him. This is one of the machines he has been working at for some months at the Avondale Mills. Said, after hesitation, 'I'm 12,' and another small boy added, 'He can't work unless he's twelve.' Child labor regulations conspicuously posted in the mill." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
September 28, 1937. "Sees that Uncle Sam gets value in purchases. Miss Mary L. Rollins is responsible for seeing that the government gets value received for every dollar expended for paper and materials containing textile fibers. As fiber technologist of the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, she makes microscopic tests of typewriter paper, memo pads, envelopes, police uniforms, chair cushions, flags, etc. to determine whether the articles are delivered are represented when purchased." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
A splash of color added to Ester Bubley's 1943 photograph of a Washington, D. C. working girl as enjoyed on Shorpy. What were her dreams and aspirations? Was she married or hoping to be married soon? Was her husband or boy friend in the military? What happened to her life after the war? Too many questions, too few answers. View full size.