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Carrying-In Boy: 1911

Carrying-In Boy: 1911

June 1911."Carrying-in" boy in Alexandria Glass Factory, Alexandria, Virginia. Works on day shift one week and night shift next week. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Rob Kidd

This is Joe Manning, who wrote the story about Rob Kidd. The link to that story has been changed. It is now:

Re: Rob Kidd

Wow. Thank you for your efforts, Mr. Manning. I appreciate your work as much as I do Dave's. I'm glad you were able to connect with the family and provide them with this picture. How amazing that his wife is still alive!

Rob Kidd

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I interviewed Robert Kidd's daughter. She sent me several photos of him as an older man. You can see the photos and the interview at


Thank you for posting this incredible photo! I googled myself and have now found your collection--a true treasure.

Mr. Manning - more on Robert Ellis Kidd

Mr Manning -

Your request from the Fairfax Genealogical Society was referred to the VA Room, where I am a volunteer. Obviously you have found a descendent of Mr. Kidd's. I was able to ascertain through his WWI registration (dated Sept. 11, 1918) that he was born September 29, 1898, Del Ray, Alexandria, Virginia. It states that his occupation was a brakeman for the R.F. & P.R.R. -- the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad. His height was short; Build - medium, Eyes blue and color of hair Light Brown. His nearest relative at the time was Joseph M. Kidd, 17 N. Highland Ave., Baltimore, MD.

Hope this helps. If you should need to get a copy of the WWI registration, please contact the Virginia Room at the Fairfax City Regional Library - 703-293-6227 and press 6.

Kathe Gunther
Volunteer researcher
Virginia Room

Robb Kidd again

Joe Manning again, of the Lewis Hine Project. I found one of Robert Kidd's daughters, and she is living with her 101-year-old mother, who was Robert's wife. Amazing. They've never seen the photo. Robert died in 1960.

Rob Kidd

I have a correction to make. The Ellis Kidd I found in the 1930 census in Amherst, VA, is not Rob, after all. I later found Robert Ellis Kidd in the 1930 census in Alexandria, and he's married with five children. I am still looking for more information.

Rob Kidd

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Thanks to a previous comment, I have identified the boy as Robert Ellis Kidd, born in Virginia about 1898. In the 1910 census, he is living in Alexandria, and everyone in his immediate family, except him, is listed as working at the glass factory. In the 1920 census, he is living with his widowed father and four brothers in Baltimore. In the 1930 census, now listed as Ellis Kidd, he is living in Amherst, Virginia, with his wife and 3-year-old daughter, both named Mary, and he is working for a lumber company. From that date on, he does not appear in any of the online records that are commonly available. His oldest brother, Bradley Kidd, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on March 13, 1952.

Serious work

Bet these guys didn't go home after work and play on their PS2's and Wii's.

Rob Kidd

On the Library of Congress record for this photo there's a note that says on the back of the caption card someone has written "Rob Kidd?" So this might have been the boy's name.

This is one of my favourite Hine photos, I think that the weary expression on the boy's face is exactly what Lewis Hine wanted to capture and bring to the public.

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