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December 1908. Dillon, South Carolina. "Maple Mill. Bertie Collins (girl). Has been spinning three years. Runs six sides, 60 cents a day. Rudolph Collins. Has doffed three years. Is 12 years old. Three others will join the ranks soon as they grow a bit." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
September 1911. Winchendon, Mass. "Rosina Goyette, Maple Street. Apparently 12 but says she is 14; has steady job doffing and spinning in Spring Village Mill. Said at first she had been working six months, later she changed it to three weeks. Her partner said 'a few weeks.' " Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1910. "King of Cardonia" is the caption here, perhaps the name of a play. [Update: The correct spelling is "Cadonia"; the play ended its D.C. run in January 1910.] Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.