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Two Boys Working: 1909

Two Boys Working: 1909

6 p.m., April 16, 1909. Anthony, Rhode Island. "Two boys working in Coventry Company Mill. I saw about 10 boys and girls who looked to be under 14 years of age." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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Neighborhood Kids

If it were 100 years ago, these boys would be neighbors of mine. I live within walking distance of the Anthony Mill.

The Anthony Mill today:

I'm spoiled

I'm so spoiled I cannot imagine living the hard life kids from poor families did back then. These kids skipped most of their childhoods! Not much schooling, just working at a young age. They grew up fast!

I also noticed that the one boy's shoe has the sole tied to the rest of the shoe!! Sad!!!

I am obsessed with this site! I LOVE old photos and I LOVE history, so this is the perfect site for me. Great job - Thank you!!!

Shoe taped up?

Does the boy on the left have his right shoe taped up? When magnifying the image, I lose clarity so I'm not sure. What a hard life those children must have had. This is my first comment as I have just recently discovered this magnificent site. I'm not sure who to thank for the Shorpy site but I certainly thank all posters and commentators.

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