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Vintage photos of:
September 1911. Cranberry pickers at Smart's Bog near South Carver, Mass. "Annette Roy, the youngest worker. Said 7 years old. Picked last year. Lives at 171 Orange Street, Fall River. Also Napoleon Ruel, 53 Hopkins Street. Said 9 years old." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
October 1911. Lowell, Massachusetts. "Joseph Philip, 5 Wall Street, pin boy in Les Miserables Bowling Alley, said 11 years old and worked until midnight every night. Said he made $2.25 last week and $1.76 the week before." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.