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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Lewis Hine

First the Paperwork: 1913

First the Paperwork: 1913

June 1913. "Child Labor Scholarship. Boy securing his weekly allowance from the New York Child Labor Committee, that permits his presence in school." Is it hard to concentrate with the Internet staring at you? Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Charley Humble: 1913

Charley Humble: 1913

May 1913. Randleman, N.C. "Charley Humble. Said he was 10 years old. Has a regular job. Been helping his sister for some months in the Deep River Mills. Mother and sister work. Father deserted." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Mission School: 1908

Mission School: 1908

November 1908. High Shoals, North Carolina. "St. Johns Mission School. 'Not supported by the Mill company, but we are always on good terms with them,' said the Sister in charge. Supported by the Episcopal Church. Average attendance 15." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Tiny Seamstress: 1924

Tiny Seamstress: 1924

March 1924. "Tenement homework. Pictures taken in connection with invest­igation (see report TE-NY-39)." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Shorpy Higginbotham: 1910

Shorpy Higginbotham: 1910

        On Shorpy.com's seventh birthday, a look back at our namesake, the teenage mine greaser Shorpy Higginbotham, shown here in 1910 at age 14. His life was cut short by a mine accident in 1928, when he was crushed by a rock.

December 1910. Jefferson County, Alabama. "Shorpy Higginbotham, a 'greaser' on the tipple at Bessie Mine, of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Co. Said he was 14 years old, but it is doubtful. Carries two heavy pails of grease, and is often in danger of being run over by the coal cars." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Step Sisters: 1911

Step Sisters: 1911

February 1911. Bayou La Batre, Alabama. "Little Julia tending the baby at home. All the older ones are at the factory. She shucks [oysters] also. Alabama Canning Co." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Pell City Doffers: 1910

Pell City Doffers: 1910

November 1910. Pell City, Alabama. "Doffers in Pell City Cotton Mill. Superintendent of mill is also Mayor of Pell City." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 
 
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