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A Typical Spinner: 1908

A Typical Spinner: 1908

November 1908. "A typical Spinner" at Lancaster Cotton Mills in South Carolina. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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Sadie Barton: A Typical Spinner

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Here is my story of Sadie. More than 100 years after this photo was taken, she is no longer anonymous.

A Typical Spinner

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I was the person who caused her to be identified. I interviewed one of Sadie's daughters. It's a lovely story. I will be posting the information soon.

"A Typical Spinner"

Just a note to let you know that this is a photo of my great grandmother Sarah (Sadie) Agnes Lenore Barton Howard. She was identified after the photo was published in the Lancaster News last December. She was 13 when this photo was taken and eventually married my great-grandfather, who also worked in the cotton mill. Thought you might find it interesting!

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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