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Scavenger Hunt: 1912

Scavenger Hunt: 1912

November 1912. "Children going through Whitman Street dump. Pawtucket, Rhode Island." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


Too cold for children

It is obviously a very cold, windy day. I can't imagine that this little tiny girl, not even wearing a coat, would be out in this dump just to play. I wonder if their parents sent them to the dump to look for things to use, or sell.

Pawtucket dump

I would like to know more about this dump. I am a Pawtucket resident and am educating myself on some of Pawtucket's history. I would like to know what years this dump was here and its location. Present day Whitman Street?

Still today

I recently visited the Philippines and, sad to say, children still do this to survive.

Can't Possibly Be Happy

At last a Hine picture where people can't comment that the exploited child laborers look happy.

[They're not "child laborers." These pictures were shown in a child welfare photography exhibit advocating slum clearance. - Dave]

Pictorialist Dumping Ground

The background looks quite aesthetic yet the foreground is, well, a dump. The little girl's expression really makes this shot grab you, though.

70 Years Later

My little brother and I could be found doing exactly the same thing.

Going Green

What is old is new again: recycling

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