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Tenement Homeworker: 1912

Tenement Homeworker: 1912

Tenement homeworker with clothing tags. Roxbury, Massachusetts. August 1912. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. Homeworkers, often children, sewed tags onto finished garments or performed other piecework at home instead of going to school.

 

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Working young

I was working at the age of 12. Went out to the fields to pick berries and beans. But I didn't miss school to do it.

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ohhh my God.. .. Thank goodnesss i dont have to do all of this things...i am 13 and i am very lazyy..lol..i am going to go do the dishes right now

Putting things in perspective

I'm bookmarking that page. Next time one of my kids complains about having to pick up their Legos or clean their rooms, I'm going to show them some of those pictures and point out that things could be worse!

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