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Vintage photos of:
December 1936. "Lois Madsen playing the piano in the home of her father, Harry Madsen, owner-operator of three hundred and sixty acre farm near Dickens, Iowa. (Suggest this as contrast showing difference in opportunity offered children in owner-operated farms and that offered in poorer tenant or hired hand homes)." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.
January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "This boy has worked in Payne Cotton Mill for 2 yrs. Runs four sides and earns 52 cents a day. Overseer has hand on boy's shoulder. He said this mill made 70% profit last year and expects to make 100% this year. Owned by Bibb Mfg. Co." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.
November 1912. South Framingham, Massachusetts. "Home of Rufine Morini, 6 Coburn Street. Two mothers, three children 10, 8 and 6 years old, working on tags for Dennison. Children anaemic. Make $10 (more or less) a month. Witness, F.A. Smith." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.