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November 1908. Cotton mill workers at Daniel Manufacturing Co. in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Four doffers. Boy on left end (knee pants) said he had worked in the mills for seven years and some nights. At nights they work 12 hours, without any hour off for lunch. Eat when they can. Some of them "eat a-workin'." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
July 1942. "Willow Run bomber plant. A small part of the world's largest one- story war production plant, the giant Ford bomber factory at Willow Run, Michigan. Fixtures in background hold bomber wings during assembly." Photograph by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.
April 1909. Fiskeville, Rhode Island. "John Dempsey. Looked 11 or 12 years old. Said he helped only on Saturdays. Jackson Mill, one of the B.B. and R. Knight mills. He was working faithfully in the mule-spinning room, a dangerous place for boys." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.