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October 1908. Fairmont, W.Va. Monongah Glass Co. Jo Before, a glassworks boy going home, 5 p.m. He says he is 12 years old, and has been at it one year. Is a "ketchin-up-boy" for 70 cents a day; says glass business is all right. Asked if he was going to be a glassblower when he grows up, he said, "Sure!" Goes to school; asked if he had to, he answered "Don't unless I want to"; asked why he went then, said, "Want to learns something." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.