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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Glassworks Boy: 1908

Glassworks Boy: 1908

August 1908. "A Glass Works Boy waiting for the Night Shift. Indiana Glass Works." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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A Tough Kid

It's difficult to guess this boy's age. He's probably younger than he looks. The steady gaze of his eyes, the firm set of his mouth and the position of his hands suggest a tough kid who has had to grow up quickly in bleak and maybe hopeless environment.

The Shorpy archive contains lots of subtle information - as in this Lewis Hine photo - which you can't acquire by reading history books. There are many photographs that show, if you look for them, glimpses of the very age and body of a time, its form and pressure.

Strictly Upscale Employment

I don't think you will find any barefoot kids working in a glass factory.

Look at his giant shoes

Clearly he got them second-hand from someone who had gotten most of the good wear out of them already. What an old soul he looks like.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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