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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.

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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:

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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