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Mule Spinner: 1909

Mule Spinner: 1909

April 1909. Fiskeville, Rhode Island. "John Dempsey. Looked 11 or 12 years old. Said he helped only on Saturdays. Jackson Mill, one of the B.B. and R. Knight mills. He was working faithfully in the mule-spinning room, a dangerous place for boys." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Mule Spinner: 1909

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have posted my story about this boy. He was headed for a difficult life.

Gov't regulations

Don't let OSHA see you with no shoes on, boy!

But Joe, where is it?

Is there a link to the interview?

Mule Spinner: 1909

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Several months ago, I did a long interview with John Dempsey's son. John died in Rhode Island in 1970.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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