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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Lewis Hine

Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Johnnie Burns and his Basement Branch (See Photo 1461). Also photo of his boy who he says is 'ungovernable.' Burns says the 4-year-old twins will be selling soon. 3518 Evans Avenue." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Hot Bodies: 1936

Hot Bodies: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. -- Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Stripping rubber bodies off core-bars (French)." Alternate title: "French Stripper." Our second look at Mr. LOVE Tattoo. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Hard Times: 1937

Hard Times: 1937

March 1937. Scott's Run, West Virginia. "Johnson family -- father unemployed." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Bachelor Shacks: 1937

Bachelor Shacks: 1937

March 1937. Paterson, New Jersey. "Textiles. Bachelor shacks in outskirts of Paterson, on Molly Jan Brook. About 25 men live here now (some of them old silk workers) and stay here all winter. Man in one view worked in silk up to 5 years ago. On relief now." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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