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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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Play Ball: 1912

Play Ball: 1912

May 1912. "Some of the boys working in the Saxon Mill. Spartanburg, South Carolina." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Cotton Lung

Byssinosis, or, "Brown Lung Disease"... I wonder how many of these kids (and the other lint-covered millworker urchins pictured on Shorpy) died from it.

Ty Cobb fan.

The boy right front wears his shirt just as Cobb wore his, collar up, top buttoned.

Textile Mill Baseball

As textile mills moved to the South (primarily North and South Carolina) after the Civil War, nearly every mill had a baseball team. Shoeless Joe Jackson played for a mill team in Greenville, SC. Anyone Googling "textile mill baseball" will be taken aback at the number of "hits" that will be found.

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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