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Doffing All Summer: 1911

Doffing All Summer: 1911

September 1911. Winchendon, Massachusetts. "Batiste Joseph. Doffer in Glenallen Mill. Father and mother said he is 12 years old, has been doffing all summer, will go to school. Query: Will he go to school? Another boy, 13 years old in this mill, said, 'I'll stay at work until they come after me.' Older sister and parents illiterate." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.


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Doffing All Summer

This is Joe Manning. I have completed my story of this boy.

Doffing in front of school

Those are definitely eraser "clapper" marks - used to be a privilege if the teacher chose you to do the "clapping."

[This is one of the Glenallen Mill buildings. Plenty of businesses, factories and churches had chalkboards. - Dave]

Sharing the history.

I have been aware of the Hine photos for a while, though never presumed the history beyond the image. Thank you so much for sharing your project.

Going to school

I would have guessed that this picture was taken in front of a school. Those marks on the front door look like they were made by chalk board erasers.

[They probably were, but this isn't a school. - Dave]

Doffing All Summer: 1911

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Hine took 40 child labor photos in Winchendon, and for the past three months, I have been researching all of them. Winchendon is just a 75-minute drive from my home. I interviewed one of this boy's children. It's a remarkable story, one I have not committed to print as yet. You can see the Winchendon results I have published so far at the link below. There is still much to tell.

Mill workers

My dad graduated 6th grade in Greenville, SC in 1927 and went straight down the street to the Woodside Mill and got a job working in the mill. He was 13 years old.

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