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May 1911. Fries, Virginia. A part of the spinning force working in the Washington Cotton Mills. Group posed by the overseer. All work. The overseer said, "These boys are a bad lot." All were alive to the need for being 14 years old when questioned. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
May 1911. Fries, Virginia. Some of the doffers in the Washington Cotton Mills. The smallest one said he was 15 years old but, for that matter, they are all "wise" to the necessity for being at least 14. All work. The group was posed by the overseer. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.