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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Factories

Ybor City: 1909

Ybor City: 1909

January 1909. "Young cigarmakers in Englehardt & Co., Tampa. Youngsters all smoke." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Cigar Factory Reader: 1909

Cigar Factory Reader: 1909

"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.

 

Cigar Box Girls: 1909

Cigar Box Girls: 1909

Girls working in Tampa, Florida, cigar box factory. I saw 10 small boys and girls. Has had reputation for employment of youngsters but work is slack now. January 28, 1909. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Etna: 1941

Etna: 1941

November 1941. Blast furnace at Carnegie-Illinois steel mill at Etna, Pennsylvania. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Great Lakes Steel: 1942

Great Lakes Steel: 1942

November 1942. "Hanna furnaces of the Great Lakes Steel Corp., Detroit. Coal pusher apparatus with coal storage building seen in the fog which constantly hangs over the plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 

Dinner-Toters: 1913

Dinner-Toters: 1913

"Dinner-Toters" waiting for the gate to open. This is carried on more in Columbus than in any other city I know, and by smaller children. Many of them are paid by the week for doing it, and carry, sometimes, ten or more a day. They go around in the mill, often help tend to machines, which often run at noon, and so learn the work. A teacher told me the mothers expect the children to learn this way, long before they are of proper age. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, Columbus, Georgia, 1913. View full size.

 

Flint Mill: 1912

Flint Mill: 1912

January 1912. "The Flint Cotton Mill spinning room. Small girls are employed here but not in evidence this noon. Fall River, Massachusetts." View full size.

 
 
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