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June 1911. "Mrs. L. Bosher, living in the rundown cotton mill village of Matoaca, Virginia. Her husband has been a mill hand here for a long time but recently got work uptown, as many of their neighbors have done during the slack times, most of them going way into the city [Richmond] to the trunk and cigarette factories." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.