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Industrious George: 1909

Industrious George: 1909

November 1909. "These boys work off and on in Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. Smallest boy is George Cartwright, 401 N. Laurel Street. He says been working off and on since 11 years old." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.


George's WWI Draft Registration

George C. Cartwright was single, still working for Cumberland Glass Works in Bridgeton, had light colored hair and blue eyes while he had a medium build and was of medium height. He resided at 396 Laird in Bridgeton and was natural born on 15 February 1896 in Woodstown, New Jersey and had no physical impairments as of 5 June 1917.

The Family Business

According to the 1910 Federal Census, the Cartwright family was boarding with the widow Ruth Sooy and her family in an intimate gathering of 13 people. It looks like all of the residents of that neighborhood worked at the glass factory.

George, 14, his widower father Charles, 47, and his older brother Charles H., 22, were working at various jobs at the glass factory. George had only missed two weeks of work but we can't fault him since he was attending school as well. Henry, 12, was a slacker and not working at the time but the odds are good that he would soon find gainful employment.

Kid on the Right

That kid is not on the level.


I don't know about George, but the other boy looks like he's planning some sort of mischief!

Look at the bright side

The abused young, old and in-between, seem to enjoy being photographed.

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