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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Pell City Doffers: 1910

Pell City Doffers: 1910

November 1910. Pell City, Alabama. "Doffers in Pell City Cotton Mill. Superintendent of mill is also Mayor of Pell City." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Around his neck

Does anyone know what the boy on the left has around his neck?

Such a hard life

I feel so sorry for these poor lads; obviously they had to work to help their families survive. Just looking at the fluff on their hats; I can only wonder how much of that stuff they breathed in and what health issues they had in later life.

Their faces tell the whole story in one picture.

In My Life

The boy on the far right could easily pass for Beatle John Lennon. Could almost be the Meet the Beatles Cover

Doffer:

one who clears full bobbins, pirns or spindles holding spun fiber such as cotton or wool from a spinning frame and replaces them with empty ones.
A pirn is a rod onto which weft thread is wound for use in weaving.
There will be no more explanations, if you are a weaver you already know.

 
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