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January 1912. New Bedford, Massachusetts. Wilfred Tremblay, 1332 Davol Street, a doffer in the spinning room of Cartwright Mills; apparently 12 years old. Said: "Me brudder-in-law got me the job last summer. Been there ever since." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
May 21, 1909. Manchester, New Hampshire. "A few of the small girls and boys (not the smallest ones) that I found working in the spinning room of one of the Amoskeag Mfg. Co. mills. Photo taken at 1 p.m., May 21, 1909, in hallway of spinning room. Many others there and in the other mills. Smallest boy (on left hand) is George Brown, No. 1 Corporation. Corner of Granite and Bedford Streets. Next is Eugene Lamy, 16 Marion St. Girls: Melvina Proulx, 145 Cartier St., Laura O'Clair, 145 Cartier St." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.