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

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Willingham Doffers: 1909

Willingham Doffers: 1909

January 1909. "Doffers in Willingham Cotton Mill, Macon, Georgia. The three boys in front row have been in mill work for 4, 5 and 6 years respectively." Photo by Lewis Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Chipso Kids: 1937

Chipso Kids: 1937

March 1937. "Scott's Run, West Virginia. Pursglove No. 2 coal mine. Scene taken from main highway shows company store and typical hillside camp." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine, three years before his death. View full size.

 

Some Doffer Boys: 1909

Some Doffer Boys: 1909

January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "Some doffer boys." For those of us rusty on our cotton mill terminology, the job entailed the removal ("doffing") and replacement of thread bobbins when they were empty. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Commission. View full size.

 

Whistler's Brother: 1936

Whistler's Brother: 1936

1936. High Point, North Carolina. "Housing. Bedroom in company-owned home of workers in Highland Cotton Mills. This is one of the best there." Who are the glamor girls on the wall? Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Bachelor Miner: 1937

Bachelor Miner: 1937

March 1937. Scotts Run, West Virginia. "Employed bachelor coal miner at home in Sessa Hill. This scene is typical of hundreds of bachelors who belong to a group of immigrants whose family was separated by immigration restrictions. This man may, or may not, have a wife in another country." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Decor by Coca-Cola. Large format acetate negative. View full size.

 

Shack Chefs: 1936

Shack Chefs: 1936

Winter 1936-37. "Scott's Run, West Virginia. Typical scene of activity at the Shack Community Center. These boys represent a group who made up a gang that came to the Shack to interfere with its activities; in the end they joined a Chefs group and are here shown at work." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

The Little Sleep: 1936

The Little Sleep: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Setting eyes in sleeping dolls (Jewish) A plus." Whatever that means. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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