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John Roberts: 1908

John Roberts: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, S.C. "Maple Mills. John Roberts, been in mill two years. Runs four and five sides." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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So you're saying.....

anyone over 30 or 40 has no joy, happiness or optimism?
I can assure you, some of us still have a bit of all.

Ok, maybe not so much optimism.

In the grand scheme of things, this child lived not so long ago. His life was, at that time, far more advanced and satisfying than 100 years prior.

He was self reliant and free to do as he pleased.

The look on his face shows wisdom and experience. Something not found in many of today's youth. Do not pity him, for he would not ask for such. He is only one of many that built this country into what it was just a few short years ago.

The Eyes Have It

It seems the working children in these old turn of the century pics have a look in their eyes that conveys the experience of a hard life that you should only see in someone 30 or 40 years older. I don't know how to explain it, but there's no joy, happiness or optimism there.

One Can Only Imagine . . .

what his thoughts must be. What an expression! He must not be used to having his picture taken. Or he's not too happy about it.

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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