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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Working Boys: 1910

Working Boys: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Mo. "Two boys working in Inland Type Foundry, 12th & Locust. Work 9 to 10 hours a day. Noon." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

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Type A kids

They may work long hours, but they sure do look well-dressed and in fine shape. I wonder what they went on to do in life.


My grandfather was a letterpress "foundry boy." His job was to take all the little letters and put them in wooden boxes. A's in this box, B's in that box, etc. He said it was easy but monotonous.


Scruffy but stylish.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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