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Byron: 1911

Byron: 1911

"I cut my finger nearly off, cutting sardines the other day." Seven-year-old Byron Hamilton of Eastport, Maine, earns 25 cents a day as a cutter at the Seacoast Sardine cannery. August 1911. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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This is an extraordinary effort by Joe Manning. It's tantalizing that we can be so close to some of Hine's subjects, who were still living 15 years ago. Yet it's almost certain that none of them from this era of Hine's work is still among us. So we are all the more thankful for the relatives and for Joe Manning!

Byron, the fish cutter: 1911

"He was extremely brilliant. If he had had money, he certainly would have gone to college. He liked to quote poetry and the classics."

-- George Hamilton, nephew of Byron Hamilton. This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Byron died at the age of 91. I interviewed his nephew and his 94-year-old first cousin. Byron turned out to be a very interesting person. See my story at

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