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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

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.

 

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.

 
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