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Tommy and Arthur: 1908

Tommy and Arthur: 1908

November 1908. Chester, South Carolina. Tommy Ashville (smaller boy), two years in Wylie Mill. "Specks I'm about 11." Arthur Shelly, eight years in mill, 14 years old. Other boys agreed he had been in mill eight years. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


Hired Hands

What always impresses me is the size of the Hine children's hands -- huge. That's what workers were called: hands.

Cotton Club

These are Children of the Cotton. Boys with eyes full of lint and tarnation.

Not yet 15

And he has more seniority in his job than I do in mine.

That younger fellow

... looks like he's from Children of the Corn!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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