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Lewis Hine

Tipple Boy: 1908

Tipple Boy: 1908

        UPDATE: The historian Joe Manning has more on the life of Otha Porter Martin here.

October 1908. "Tipple boy at the Turkey Knob coal mine in Macdonald, West Virginia." Says the LOC: "Patron identifies this as her grandfather, Otha Porter Martin, born July 3, 1897." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Pecans of Wrath: 1911

The Pecans of Wrath: 1911

December 1911. "3:30 P.M. -- Picking nuts in dirty basement tenement, 143 Hudson Street, New York. The dirtiest imaginable children were pawing over the nuts, eating lunch on the table, etc. Mother had a cold, blew her nose frequently (without washing hands) and the dirty handkerchief reposed comfortably on the table and close to the nuts and nut meats. The father picks now -- 'No work to do at any business.' (Has a cobbler's shop in the room.) They said the children didn't pick near. (Probably a temporary respite.)" The Libertine family, seen earlier here. 5x7 inch glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Liberty Garter: 1908

Liberty Garter: 1908

        This just in from historian Joe Manning: An update on Yetta Finkelstein and her family.

January 1908. New York. "Mrs. Finkelstein, 127 Monroe Street. Bessie (age 13), Sophie (age 7). Girls attend school. Making garters for Liberty Garter works, 413 Broadway. Mother, a widow, earns 75 cents a day by working all day until 12 at night. Bessie works until 10 p.m., Sophie until 9. They expected to work until 10 p.m. to finish the job, although they did not know when more work would come in. Witness Mrs. Hosford." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Printer's Helper: 1917

Printer's Helper: 1917

February 1917. "Horace Lindfors, 14-year-old printer's helper, sizing up leads for Riverside Press, First Avenue, New York City." 5x7 inch glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Boston Manglers: 1917

Boston Manglers: 1917

February 2, 1917. "Girls working at mangle in Bonanno Laundry, 12 Foster Wharf, Boston. All are 15 years old and go to continuation school." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Louis Gitney: 1917

Louis Gitney: 1917

February 1917. New York. "Louis Gitney, a young compositor earning $7 a week in a Sixth Avenue (N.Y.) printing office. He learned the trade at Public School 64." 5x7 inch glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Made in America: 1909

Made in America: 1909

"Noon, June 10, 1909. Parker Mill in Warren, Rhode Island. I saw these and nearly a dozen youngsters who looked to be under 14 at work there that A.M. when I went through the mill as a visitor." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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