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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Lewis Hine

Play Ball: 1912

Play Ball: 1912

May 1912. "Some of the boys working in the Saxon Mill. Spartanburg, South Carolina." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Powerhouse: 1920

Powerhouse: 1920

      On this Labor Day 2013, Shorpy wishes everyone a meaningful and at least momentary break from toil.

"Powerhouse Mechanic and Steam Pump" (1920). One of Lewis Wickes Hine's celebrated "work portraits" made after he completed his decade-long project documenting child labor. View full size.

 

Winter Job: 1910

Winter Job: 1910

December 1910. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek, Tennessee. James has been here four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Archie Love: 1908

Archie Love: 1908

November 1908. "Chester, S.C. -- Springstein Mills. Archie Love. Said (after hesitating), 'I am 14 years old.' Doesn't look it. Been in mill three years. Worked nights five months at the start." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Salty Alice: 1909

Salty Alice: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "Newsgirls waiting for papers. Largest girl, Alice Goldman, has been selling for 4 years. Newsdealer says she uses viler language than the newsboys do. Bessie Goldman and Bessie Brownstein are 9 years old and have been selling about one year. All sell until 7 or 7:30 p.m." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Newsboys Club: 1909

Newsboys Club: 1909

October 1909. Boston, Mass. "In the Newsboys Reading Room. Boys seated at tables playing games." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

Five-Tube Chassis: 1937

March 1937. "Camden, New Jersey. RCA Victor. Five-tube chassis assembly line." Radio like Grandma used to make. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 
 
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