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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Home Work: 1912

Home Work: 1912

August 1912. Somerville, Massachusetts. "Annie Fedele, 22 Horace Street. Doing crochet on underwear in dirty kitchen. Said she often works here and eats out in the back yard. The people are supposed to do the work only under certain restrictions, but when the inspector and the one who delivers the goods are not around, they do as they please. A good illustration of the difficulty in trying to regulate Home Work." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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