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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Mill Winder: 1908

Mill Winder: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, S.C. Soarbar Seris has worked off and on in the mill for five years, more nights than daytime. Winds at Maples Mills. Gets 70 cents and up. "Reckon I'm about 14." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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