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Nipper Joe: 1911

Nipper Joe: 1911

January 1911. Shaft #6, Pennsylvania Coal Co. mine at South Pittston. "At the close of the day. Waiting for the cage to go up. Small boy in front is Joe Pume, a Nipper, 163 Pine St." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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Nipper Joe: 1911

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have completed my story of nipper Joseph Puma. He's the boy in the front row on the right in this photo. There are at least two other Lewis Hine photos of him, which you can see in my story. I have also posted his wedding photo. Joe's daughter, whom I interviewed, told me: “He was the most wonderful person you’d ever want to meet. He did everything for us. He worked very hard. We never had any money, but we never did without anything.” It's a nice story. See it at

Nipper Joe

This is Joe Manning, from the Lewis Hine Project. I saw this photo yesterday, and I've already talked to one of his daughters. She's never seen the photo, and I mailed it to her this morning. Joseph Puma had 12 children, and died at the age of 68 or 69. I will be interviewing the daughter in several weeks.

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