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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Slice of Life: 1912

Slice of Life: 1912

August 1912. Another picture of little Annie Fedele, 22 Horace Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, doing piecework, which usually entailed putting the finishing touches (buttons, or collar and waistband trim) on a mostly completed article of clothing. The garment manufacturers paid a few cents for each piece that was done. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Belle Isle: 1865

Belle Isle: 1865

Spring 1865. Belle Isle railroad bridge from the south bank of the James River after the fall of Richmond. View full size. Glass plate negative from the Civil War collection compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge.

 

Annie: 1912

Annie: 1912

August 1912. Tenement home work (piecework for garment makers). "Annie Fedele, 22 Horace Street, Somerville, Massachusetts. This is one of the places she works on crochet." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Home Work: 1912

Home Work: 1912

August 1912. Somerville, Massachusetts. "Annie Fedele, 22 Horace Street. Doing crochet on underwear in dirty kitchen. Said she often works here and eats out in the back yard. The people are supposed to do the work only under certain restrictions, but when the inspector and the one who delivers the goods are not around, they do as they please. A good illustration of the difficulty in trying to regulate Home Work." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Veronica and Steven: 1912

Veronica and Steven: 1912

January 1912. "Veronica Mikula, says 12 years old, 93 N. Front Street. Steven Mikula (works in mill) says 15 years. Photo taken in spare unused room too cold to warm. They crowd together in kitchen. New Bedford, Massachusetts." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

No. 9 Breaker: 1911

No. 9 Breaker: 1911

January 1911. Boys working in the #9 breaker of the Pennsylvania Coal Co. mine at Hughestown Borough near Pittston, Pennsylvania. In this group are Sam Belloma of Pine Street and Angelo Ross of 142 Panama Street. View full size.

 

Breaker Boys: 1911

Breaker Boys: 1911

January 1911. Breaker boys in #9 Breaker, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at Hughestown Borough near Pittston. Smallest boy is Angelo Ross, 142 Panama Street, Hughestown Borough. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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