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Massey Mill Boys: 1913

Massey Mill Boys: 1913

Columbus, Georgia. April 1913. "Night Work! Group of boys, all working in Massey Hosiery Mills. Most of them had been working all day and had an hour for supper and were going back into the mill (6 p.m.) to work until 8 as they have done several nights this week and for some time past. I found four 10-year-olds and several of 11 and 12 working in the evening after supper and they said it was a regular thing. Ferrell Butler, 10 yrs old, 1114 21st St., been working off and on one year. Marvin Williams, 11 yrs. old been working one year part of the time at night. Lawrence Webb, 12 yrs. Old. Jack Wright, 15 yrs. working three yrs., couldn't write his own name." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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They missed

...the monthly "seconds" sale.

Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska


I wonder about the fact that these barefoot fellows work in a hosiery mill.

In Their Mouths

It looks in shape like they could have some sort of cookie in their mouths; too thin to be plug tobacco. The boy in the jacket (who looks as though as soon as the picture is taken he'll go over their and box the ears of the three smiling boys, just on general principle) is definitely smoking a cigarette.

Say Cheese

What do the kids on the right have in their mouths?

Bunch of characters!

What a bunch of characters!

Can you imagine trying to control those boys?

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