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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Lewis Hine

Other Small Ones: 1912

Other Small Ones: 1912

January 1912. Fall River, Mass. "In this group are some of the youngest workers in Spinning Room of Cornell Mill. The smallest is Jo Benevidos, 5 Merion Street. Other small ones are: John Sousa, 84 Boutwell St.; Anthony Valentin, 203 Pitman St.; Manuel Perry, 124 Everett St.; John Travaresm [Taveresm?], 90 Cash St. The difficulty they had in writing their names was pathetic. When I asked the second hand in charge of the room to let the boys go outside a moment and let me get a snap-shot, he objected, saying they would stay out and not be in shape to work. When they carry dinners, they breathe the close air of the spinning room from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with no let-up." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Cannery Bro: 1908

Cannery Bro: 1908

August 1908. "A group of Young Fellows working in an Indianapolis Tomato Cannery." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Tough Tomatoes: 1908

Tough Tomatoes: 1908

August 1908. "Noon hour in an Indianapolis tomato cannery. Young fellows in front of boxcar." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Goals: 1918

Goals: 1918

July 1918. "Alex, a 14-year-old working boy in St. Etienne, France, was found intently studying the playground model at the Children's Welfare Exhibit of the American Red Cross. He has been working since 11 years of age, and said: 'On account of the high cost of living, I now get four and a half francs a day'." 5x7 inch glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the American Red Cross. View full size.

 

A Happy Time: 1918

A Happy Time: 1918

September 1918. "Shell Shock patients having a happy time fishing and swimming under the walls of the old chateau. These American soldiers are recovering from war neurosis, as the scientists now call the condition that used to be described as 'shell-shock.' Capt. A.E. Dennis, American Red Cross hospital representative for the U.S. Army camp at Blois, has obtained wonderful results by taking a number of these patients away from the noise and congestion of the hospital to the quiet out-door life in the forest of the Chateau Chambord near Blois." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Hine for the American Red Cross. View full size.

 

Resting Comfortably: 1918

Resting Comfortably: 1918

        "The goody bag is nice, but I asked for a glass of ROSÉ."

June 14, 1918. "Red Cross comfort bag in the American Military Hospital No. 1 at Neuilly, France." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Glass League: 1908

Glass League: 1908

August 1908. "The Ball Team. Composed mainly of glass workers. Indiana." Gelatin silver print by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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