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Vintage photos of:
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.
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.
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.