April 1913. Columbus, Georgia. "Eagle and Phoenix Mill. A 'dinner-toter
' waiting for the gate to open. This is carried on more in Columbus than in any other city I know, and by smaller children. Many of them are paid by the week for doing it, and carry sometimes 10 or more meals a day. They go around in the mill, often help tend to the machines, which often run at noon, and so learn the work. A teacher told me the mothers expect the children to learn this way, long before they are of proper age."
Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. | Click image for Comments.