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Made in America: 1909

Made in America: 1909

"Noon, June 10, 1909. Parker Mill in Warren, Rhode Island. I saw these and nearly a dozen youngsters who looked to be under 14 at work there that A.M. when I went through the mill as a visitor." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Amazing resiliance

One wonders how these people can be so happy, even as they work so hard and stay so poor, especially the two smallest boys, second and third from the left, who are smiling like it is Christmas morning. It's a dismal picture, the worn-out, raggedy clothes and tobacco-infused, laboring children, and yet they seem filled with joy, hopeful and even optimistic. I hope their lives got better and eventually more prosperous.

426 Metacom Ave

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Nip it in the bud!

Third on the left: Barney Fife, pre-Mayberry.

Hey, Barn!

Fascinating. Until today, I never knew that Don Knotts had worked in a Rhode Island mill.

Here at the Parker Mill in Warren, we have two basic rules . . .

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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