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Cigar Box Boy: 1909

Cigar Box Boy: 1909

January 1909. "One of several youngsters I found in Tampa Cigar Box Factory. They are reported to have many children when work is rushing. About 10 young boys and girls, 300 employees." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Yeah, he looks absolutely miserable!

It never ceases to amaze me how persistent the social movement against child labor was at this time. So many of these marvelous vignettes of industrial and commercial activity on Shorpy would simply never have existed without this motivation. At the very least, the child in the cigar factory was actually producing a real product of value and not working in a cubicle shuffling paper.

I agree

That happy face warms my heart. He reminds me of my own son.

What a grin

For all the Hines pics that have children with the most haunting looks on their faces, this kid seems like he is beaming with pride to be able to have his picture taken.

It kind of reminds me of Eddie Lou Young and her impish grin.

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