The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Tiny Seamstress: 1924

Tiny Seamstress: 1924

March 1924. "Tenement homework. Pictures taken in connection with invest­igation (see report TE-NY-39)." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The machine

My mother had a machine like that--I sure wish I had it now.

Working Girl

The only point Lewis Hines could make here is her age. Not that this 1924 young girl is living the American dream, but she appears to be in much better shape than some his previous subjects. I'm pretty sure she dressed up for this picture. However that doesn't excuse the fact the a child, I'm guessing her age around 12, has to work. But this is 1924 and the average family family in the US earned less than $600. Every dollar that the children brought in lessened their burden, but it didn't take them out of the mire.

Better working conditions

This little girl seems to have a much nicer working environment than this earlier Hine family previously posted on Shorpy:

http://www.shorpy.com/node/13561

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.