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October 1913. "Scene on the farm of S.N. Whiteside, near Waxahachie, Texas. Children come out here from the town to pick cotton, outside of school hours. Ages range from 4 and 6 years (ages of the two youngest boys who pick regularly) up to 15 and more. Two adults." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Oct. 30, 1915. "12-year-old Lahnert boy, near Fort Collins, Colorado, topping beets. The father, mother and two boys (9 and 12) expect to make $700 in two months' time in the beet work. 'The boys can keep up with me all right, and all day long,' the father said. Begin at 6 a.m. and work until 6 p.m. with hour off at noon. Several smaller children do not work. See Hine Report for studies of work done by these and other children." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
February 1936. "El Monte, California, federal subsistence homesteads. Four in family. Three-room house, $17.70 monthly rent to apply on purchase. Father's occupation: carpenter. Earns seventy dollars a month." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.