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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Tifton: 1909

Tifton: 1909

January 1909. Two of the "helpers" in the Tifton Cotton Mill at Tifton, Georgia. They work regularly. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Tifton 1909: Girl identified!

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. The beautiful girl on the right was Eddie Lou Young. She also appeared in another Hine photo in which she is pictured with eight siblings and her mother, identified by Hine as Mrs. A.J. Young. After more than four years of research...giving up, starting again, giving up, etc...I received the following email about 1:00 pm on January 24, 2011, almost exactly 102 years since the date of the photos (actually taken January 22). "The family of Mrs. A.J. Young of Tifton, Ga. is a picture of my grandmother and great-grandmother's family. The girl with the dark hair on the right side of the picture of the two girls was Eddy (Eddie) Lou Young. My mother knows more information about the family. I can give you her phone number." Several hours later, I talked to both the writer of the email, and her mother, got a few more facts, and spent the rest of the day searching census and death records on the Internet. I have found much more information, including the obituary for Catherine Young (Mrs. A.J. Young). I’ll notify Shorpy when the story is completed. You can see both photos at this link.
http://www.sevensteeples.com/youngfamily1.html

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I adore these two. They have such a vibrance and spirit in their eyes. I can only hope they went on to have wonderful lives and never lost that sparkle.

Tifton: 1909

This is Joe Manning of the Lewis Hine Project. This is one of my favorite Hine photos. I found another photo of the girl on the right, one in which she is standing in front of her house, with eight siblings and her widowed mother. The girl is wearing the same dress, and the photo was probably taken the same day. The mother is identified by Hine as Mrs. A.J. Young, and the girl is identified as Eddie(?). I got the Tifton newspaper to publish the photo above, but no one recognized either child. I found what appears to be the widowed mother in the 1920 Tifton census, but that hasn't helped very much. They are not in the 1910 census. You can see the other photo and more about this, as well as another photo of an unidentified girl I am researching at: http://www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/mysteryphotos1.html
Maybe someone out there can help identify these wonderful girls.

 
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