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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Harry McShane: 1908

Harry McShane: 1908

Harry McShane, 134 Broadway, Cincinnati. Sixteen years of age on June 29, 1908. Had his left arm pulled off near shoulder, and right leg broken through kneecap by being caught on belt of a machine in Spring Works factory [below] in May 1908. Had been working there more than 2 years. Was on his feet for first time after the accident the day this photo was taken. No attention was paid by employers to the boy either at hospital or home according to statement of boy's father. No compensation. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Yeatman Alley: 1908

Yeatman Alley: 1908

August 1908. Greeno Spring Works, factory where Harry McShane was injured. 314 Yeatman Alley, Cincinnati. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Beware of Dad: 1909

Beware of Dad: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Connecticut. Tony Casale (also called "Bologna"), eleven years old. Been selling four years. Sells until 10 P.M. sometimes. His paper boss told me the boy had shown him the marks on his arm where his father had bitten him for not selling more papers. The boy said, "Drunken men say bad words to us." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Pause That Refreshes

The Pause That Refreshes

September 1935. Resident of Smithland, Kentucky. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Red House Kids: 1935

Red House Kids: 1935

"School youngsters. Red House, West Virginia." October 1935. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Omar Boy: 1935

Omar Boy: 1935

October 1935. "Coal miner's child." Omar, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Hammond Girl: 1935

Hammond Girl: 1935

"Child of strawberry picker. Hammond, Louisiana." October 1935. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photo by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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