SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
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

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

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Mold Boy: 1909

Mold Boy: 1909

November 1909. Cumberland Glass Works at Bridgeton, New Jersey. A young "holding-mold boy" is seen, dimly, to the left [little kid toward the back]. Negroes, Greeks and Italians are being employed in many glass houses. View full size. Photograph and caption by child-labor reformer Lewis Wickes Hine.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Can we assume…

…that none of them threw stones?


I just wrote a book on Lewis Hine that should come out next year. When he said "Italians," he meant recent Italian immigrants or their American-born children. Same with Greeks. They probably spoke very little, if any, English. Hine spoke some Italian. What's more curious is "Negroes." To refer to African Americans as "Negroes" (as opposed to the then common "coloreds--or worse) in 1909 was WAY progressive.

The ethnicity base in American became vastly varied in the Ellis Island years. People were adjusting. There were a lot of REALLY bad ways people would speak about especially Italians then. The Klan made a resurgence in that era specifically attacking Catholics, Jews, Anarchists, and Communists (or anyone perceived that way). Italians and Irish were singled out for their Roman Catholicism, and the Italians more so for the Italian origins of Anarchism. Google "Sacco and Vanzetti."

Any questions on Hine, ask.


Kate Sampsell-Willmann
Assistant Professor of American History and Photographic Historian
Georgetown University

re: and Italians?

He may not have had an opinion one way or another, just stating a fact.

and... Italians?

"Negroes, Greeks and Italians are being employed in many glass houses."

Since he felt it worthy of comment I wonder what his opinion was of this development?

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.