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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Dinner Time: 1909

Dinner Time: 1909

January 22, 1909. "Dinner time. Family of Mrs. A.J. Young, Tifton, Georgia." Last glimpsed here. Joe Manning of the Lewis Hine Project, who has spent five years unraveling the Young family's history, tells their story here in fascinating detail. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Beautiful and heartbreaking.

She looks so much like my own daughter, I am stunned how her expression can still touch one's heart, the span of a century dissolves in an instant.

On the edge of her seat

At first glance I thought that there was a big spider web under the girl's chair but, after looking at the picture again, it appears that the caned bottom of the chair has disintegrated. She is sitting on the frame.

Shorpy and Joe Manning

From when I first found Shorpy, the Hine photos brought back my childhood interest in the child labor protection laws but the Joe Manning project really brings a personal heart wrenching story to the whole movement. Thanks to Joe Manning's research and web site and Shorpy (Dave et al) for bringing this important story to all of us so it is not forgotten.

And they shall live forever

Faded photographs, memories, oral histories, this was a great story.

I tell my children that their memories of their grandfather, my father, is what makes a person immortal.

I value this story of the Young family and I have shared with my friends. They shall live forever.

All this from one photo

I am amazed at the dedication of Joe Manning in the story that the one photo started. Amazing!

Job Very Well Done

As an amateur genealogist of 23 years, I can only say congratulations on a job very well done!!! You are an excellent researcher.

I had waited to see your completion of this story after seeing the Young family photo on Shorpy back a few weeks ago. I had tears in my eyes while reading the story of this family. You have given the Young family a great gift, that of knowing their history.

When we think and write about those people who have already passed away, they do indeed come alive. By the time you finished your research, I am sure that you felt as though you knew these people.

It's hard to explain to others why researchers feel compelled to see their search through to completion.
I guess it's the mark of an historian but also of a person with a love for family.

Grace

I'll bet they bowed their heads and gave thanks before they ate.

This is why I visit Shorpy II

I'm humbled after reading this. Thank you, Joe, and thank you, Dave.

Young family

I also read the fascinating history of the Young's laid out by Joe Manning. What an effort Joe put into this.
Thank you Joe and Dave.

Not ANOTHER One!

Photos like this are the reason I found Shorpy in the first place. I happened across the Lewis Hine Project and got totally engrossed in a subject previously unknown to me. It has made me much more appreciative of my own personal circumstances and the environment in which I was raised. And I have a much greater respect and admiration for those not so fortunate. Thanks Dave!

Layers upon layers

A magnificent example of "layering," to add the third dimension to a flat piece of film -- or a glass plate, as the case may be.

Pride and Courage

I just finished reading Joe Manning's detailed and moving story of this star-crossed family. My heart aches and I have a tear in my eye, but somewhere inside I am also uplifted by the pride and courage that allows individuals to overcome adversity and hurdles and rise to what is best in the human spirit.

Thank you Joe, thank you Dave, and thank you Mr. Hine for lifting that shutter 102 years ago on a wonderful chapter of American life.

Joe Manning's work

Folks, do yourself a favor and take the time to read history of the Young family.

I was riveted to my monitor the whole time.

Great work Joe! (You too Dave)

This is why I visit Shorpy

This is why I visit Shorpy every day. It's a time machine complete with great photographic art and sometimes you come across true gems with very touching stories. Great work as always Dave.

 
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