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Window on the World: 1908

Window on the World: 1908

October 1908. "Lunch time at the Economy Glass Works in Morgantown, W. Va. Plenty more like this inside." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.


The 'good old days'

In spite of the fact that they were no doubt being exploited by the bosses, they seem well dressed and eating out of nice dinner kits, so I would assume the 50 to 75 cents a day they made was a nice addendum to the family income, enough so that they were provided with nicer clothing and better food than their non-working siblings. Even so, I wouldn't trade places with them.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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