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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Lewis Hine

Newsies and Dog: 1909

Newsies and Dog: 1909

Sunday 5 a.m. Newsies starting out. Boston, Massachusetts. October 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Birmingham Messenger: 1914

Birmingham Messenger: 1914

October 1914. Birmingham, Alabama. "A typical Birmingham messenger." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Doffed All Summer: 1911

Doffed All Summer: 1911

Stephen Warren, 284 Main St., Indian Orchard. Has doffed all summer in Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Quit a few days ago but expects to get another job soon. Says he will not go to school. Location: Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. In a textile mill, the doffer removes the bobbins from a carding machine once they are full, having been wound with wool yarn or cotton thread. View full size.

 

Clarence Noel: 1911

Clarence Noel: 1911

Clarence Noel, 138 Main St., Indian Orchard. Doffer in Hodges Fibre Carpet Co. of Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Said "made seven dollars last week." Location: Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. Clarence is in a number of the other Indian Orchard photos on this site. View full size.

 

Al and Joe: 1911

Al and Joe: 1911

Alfred Gengreau, 20 Beaudry St., Joseph Miner, 15 Water St. Both work in Mr. Baker's room. Indian Orchard Mill. Location: Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Our Gang: 1911

Our Gang: 1911

Young workers in front of Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. View full size.

 

Indian Orchard Mills: 1911

Indian Orchard Mills: 1911

Group in front of Indian Orchard Mfg. Co. Everyone in public was working. Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. September 1911. Uncropped full image.

 
 
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