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Vintage photos of:
November 1909. Cumberland Glass Works at Bridgeton, New Jersey. A young "holding-mold boy" is seen, dimly, to the left [little kid toward the back]. Negroes, Greeks and Italians are being employed in many glass houses. View full size. Photograph and caption by child-labor reformer Lewis Wickes Hine.
Tampa, Florida. Cigarmakers in the factory of Filogamo & Alvarez, January 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. This part of Tampa is the now fashionably upscale Ybor City district, where many of the old cigar factories have been repurposed as apartments, condos and gallery spaces. Starbucks, anyone?
"A 'reader' in cigar factory in Tampa, Fla. He reads books and newspapers at top of his voice all day long. This is all the education many of these workers receive. He is paid by them and they select what he shall read." January 1909. View full size.