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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Lewis Hine

Young Rush: 1908

Young Rush: 1908

November 1908. Gastonia, N.C. "Rush Merrill, Loray Mill. 12 years old. Been in mill three years as Doffer. Gets 75 cents a day. Said sometimes gets 3 to 5 hours a day resting between times." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Tiny Shucker: 1912

Tiny Shucker: 1912

February 1912. "Tiny, a seven-year-old oyster shucker (sister of Henry, No. 3291), does not go to school. Works steady. Been at it one year. Maggioni Canning Co. Port Royal, South Carolina." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

About Us: 1913

About Us: 1913

December 1913. "The whole force of workers in the cotton mills of Stevenson, Alabama. Several of them are apparently under twelve, but I could not get the ages. Photo posed by the general manager." Photo and caption by the child labor reformer Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910

Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910

11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 1910. "Newsies at Skeeter’s Branch, Jefferson near Franklin, St. Louis." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Larry the Doffer: 1916

Larry the Doffer: 1916

June 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. "Lawrence Burns, 14, doffer in Pocasset mill. 43 Langley Street. Eye defect." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Topper in the Beets: 1915

Topper in the Beets: 1915

Oct. 30, 1915. "12-year-old Lahnert boy, near Fort Collins, Colorado, topping beets. The father, mother and two boys (9 and 12) expect to make $700 in two months' time in the beet work. 'The boys can keep up with me all right, and all day long,' the father said. Begin at 6 a.m. and work until 6 p.m. with hour off at noon. Several smaller children do not work. See Hine Report for studies of work done by these and other children." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Bottle Boys: 1909

Bottle Boys: 1909

November 1909. "Night scene in Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J." Mak­ing bottles one at a time. Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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