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Cutting Bee: 1912

Cutting Bee: 1912

November 1912. New York. "Family cutting embroidery in tiny crowded bed-room. (For complete details see Miss E.C. Watson's report.)" Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

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Cut work

This was apparently machine embroidered eyelet fabric, and then each tiny little space had to be cut by hand. It makes my slightly arthritic thumb ache, just to think about it! It looks like the family had to spend many hours a day at this, just to be able to rent this one room. Very sad!

Coldwater Flat

Pretty good bet, the way they're dressed, there's very little or no heat.

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