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Lewis Hine

John Slebzak: 1909

John Slebzak: 1909

John Slebzak, working on the Bottomley farm near Baltimore with his family (Polish). They have worked here three years and one winter at Avery Island, Louisiana. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Three Amigos: 1908

The Three Amigos: 1908

November 29, 1908. Boys working in the Eureka Cotton Mills at Chester, South Carolina. Rob Dover (tallest boy) has been in mill eight or nine years. Melvin Reilly (middle) in mill one year. Boyd McKowan is about 15 years old. Been in mill five years. Witness Sara R. Hine. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Mill Kids: 1908

Mill Kids: 1908

November 30, 1908. School in Lancaster, South Carolina, attended by children who work in the cotton mills. Enrollment 163. Attendance, usually about 100. These are all that attend out of the 1,000 employed at the mill. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View even larger.

 

The Barefoot Sweeper: 1916

The Barefoot Sweeper: 1916

15-year-old sweeper in the spinning and spooling room of Berkshire Cotton Mills. Adams, Massachusetts. July 10, 1916. View full size. Photo by Lewis Hine.

 

New Haven Newsies: 1909

New Haven Newsies: 1909

High school route boys for the New Haven Register. New Haven, Connecticut, March 1909. "Adolescents. Some in back row have been newsboys for seven, eight and nine years." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Campbell Kids: 1912

Campbell Kids: 1912

Children playing with Campbell Kid dolls. New York City, March 1912. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Durward Nickerson: 1914

Durward Nickerson: 1914

"Durward Nickerson, Western Union messenger #55. Birmingham, Alabama. 18 years old. Lives in Bessemer, R.F.D. #1. Saturday night, Sept. 26, 1914, he took investigator through the old Red Light on Avenue A, pointed out the various resorts, told about the inmates he has known there. Only a half dozen of them were open now. Durward has put in two years in messenger work and shows the results of temptations open to him. He has recently returned from a hobo trip through 25 states. He was not inclined to tell much about the shady side of messenger work, but one could easily see that he has been through much that he might have avoided in a profitable kind of work." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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