In 1908 Lewis Hine picked up his camera and became the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. It was a start of a long decade, as Lewis traveled across the country, documenting child labor, getting constant threats from factory owners as the immorality of employment laws was supposed to be kept away from the public's eye. However, Hine persisted, adopting many different disguises (such as a fire inspector or a bible salesman) to snap these old photos of the labor laws violations and interview the children working at factories or in the streets.

Lewis Hine used his camera as a tool for social commentary and reform, focusing on the dangerous and appalling conditions that the children had to work in. Risking his own safety, Hine snapped thousands of photographs with one goal – change child labor laws terminally. And of course, spreading the vintage photos, in the form of pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines paid off as the federal government eventually had to put out stricter labor laws. Scroll down below to see a selection of Hine's vintage photography and don't forget to tell us what you think.

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#1

Accident To Young Mill Worker. Giles Edmund Newsom. While Working In Sanders Spinning Mille, A Piece Of The Machine Fell On To His Foot Mashing His Toe. This Caused Him To Fall On To A Spinning Machine And His Hand Went Into Unprotected Gearing, Crushing And Tearing Out Two Fingers. He Told The Attorney He Was 11 Years Old When It Happened. Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina

Accident To Young Mill Worker. Giles Edmund Newsom. While Working In Sanders Spinning Mille, A Piece Of The Machine Fell On To His Foot Mashing His Toe. This Caused Him To Fall On To A Spinning Machine And His Hand Went Into Unprotected Gearing, Crushing And Tearing Out Two Fingers. He Told The Attorney He Was 11 Years Old When It Happened. Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina

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Violaine LB 1 year ago

That is heartbreaking.

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#2

7-Year Old Rosie. Regular Oyster Shucker. Her Second Year At It. Illiterate. Works All Day. Shucks Only A Few Pots A Day. Varn & Platt Canning Co. Location: Bluffton, South Carolina

7-Year Old Rosie. Regular Oyster Shucker. Her Second Year At It. Illiterate. Works All Day. Shucks Only A Few Pots A Day. Varn & Platt Canning Co. Location: Bluffton, South Carolina

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Sei Ichirou 1 year ago

To imagine she started working at the age of 5. At first glance I thought she was around 12 years old...

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#3

7 Year Old Ferris. Tiny Newsie Who Did Not Know Enough To Make Change For Investigator. There Are Still Too Many Of These Little Ones In The Larger Cities. Location: Mobile, Alabama

7 Year Old Ferris. Tiny Newsie Who Did Not Know Enough To Make Change For Investigator. There Are Still Too Many Of These Little Ones In The Larger Cities. Location: Mobile, Alabama

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

Shoeless. That poor kid.

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#4

Newsboy Asleep On Stairs With Papers. Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

Newsboy Asleep On Stairs With Papers. Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

I can only think how easy it was to prey on these children

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#5

Callie Campbell, 11 Years Old, Picks 75 To 125 Pounds Of Cotton A Day, And Totes 50 Pounds Of It When Sack Gets Full. "No, I Don't Like It Very Much." Location: Potawotamie County, Oklahoma

Callie Campbell, 11 Years Old, Picks 75 To 125 Pounds Of Cotton A Day, And Totes 50 Pounds Of It When Sack Gets Full. "No, I Don't Like It Very Much." Location: Potawotamie County, Oklahoma

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BusLady 1 year ago

My husband did this in the early 1960's. The whole family worked. His mother would cut the bags in half and tie the ends, for the younger children. This photo is not dated, but probably about 50 years earlier.

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#6

Four-Year-Old Mary, Who Shucks Two Pots Of Oysters A Day At Dunbar. Tends The Baby When Not Working. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana

Four-Year-Old Mary, Who Shucks Two Pots Of Oysters A Day At Dunbar. Tends The Baby When Not Working. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana

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BusLady 1 year ago

Oysters being a luxury food for rich people. I'm sure they had no thought for the people who did this kind of work.

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#7

Vance, A Trapper Boy, 15 Years Old. Has Trapped For Several Years In A West Va. Coal Mine. $.75 A Day For 10 Hours Work. All He Does Is To Open And Shut This Door. Location: West Virginia

Vance, A Trapper Boy, 15 Years Old. Has Trapped For Several Years In A West Va. Coal Mine. $.75 A Day For 10 Hours Work. All He Does Is To Open And Shut This Door. Location: West Virginia

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Amanda Sherland 1 year ago

I've seen this picture before, and I remember that these boys worked in total darkness too.

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#8

Breaker Boys In #9 Breaker, Hughestown Borough, Pa. Coal Co. Smallest Boy Is Angelo Ross. Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania

Breaker Boys In #9 Breaker, Hughestown Borough, Pa. Coal Co. Smallest Boy Is Angelo Ross. Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania

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Mylah Rose 1 year ago

Their eyes... they look like ghosts

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#9

Rose Biodo, 1216 Annan St., Philadelphia. 10 Years Old. Working 3 Summers. Minds Baby And Carries Berries, Two Pecks At A Time. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

Rose Biodo, 1216 Annan St., Philadelphia. 10 Years Old. Working 3 Summers. Minds Baby And Carries Berries, Two Pecks At A Time. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

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Mister Man 1 year ago

Cynthia, ignore joe. He is an ignorant jackass

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#10

Arnao Family, Whole Family Works. Jo Is 3 Years Old. Boy Is 6 Years Old, Girl Is 9 Years Old. May 28th 1910, Before School Closed. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

Arnao Family, Whole Family Works. Jo Is 3 Years Old. Boy Is 6 Years Old, Girl Is 9 Years Old. May 28th 1910, Before School Closed. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

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Hello please don't judge 1 year ago

People say nowadays children grow up to quickly, to be honest, I think these children and the old days grew up way too quickly! At 9 I was just going to school in grade 3 or something learning about how to count back in 3s and playing with my toys not this which is heart breaking this boy should be out playing with his toys, going out with friends it is very sad

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#11

Frank P......., Whose Legs Were Cut Off By A Motor Car In A Coal Mine In West Virginia When He Was 14 Years 10 Months Of Age. Location: Monongah, West Virginia

Frank P......., Whose Legs Were Cut Off By A Motor Car In A Coal Mine In West Virginia When He Was 14 Years 10 Months Of Age. Location: Monongah, West Virginia

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Renee Schreader 1 year ago

I can't imagine growing up in that time with no legs.

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#12

Some Boys Were So Small They Had To Climb Up On The Spinning Frame To Mend The Broken Threads And Put Back The Empty Bobbins. Location: Macon, Georgia

Some Boys Were So Small They Had To Climb Up On The Spinning Frame To Mend The Broken Threads And Put Back The Empty Bobbins. Location: Macon, Georgia

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Ingrid Tsai 1 year ago

We studied this picture in history class.

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#13

Rhodes Mfg. Co., Lincolnton, N.c. Spinner. A Moments Glimpse Of The Outer World Said She Was 10 Years Old. Been Working Over A Year. Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina

Rhodes Mfg. Co., Lincolnton, N.c. Spinner. A Moments Glimpse Of The Outer World Said She Was 10 Years Old. Been Working Over A Year. Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

She should be in school. I hope there was a better future for her--that she escaped this poverty, somehow.

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#14

5-Year Old Harold Walker. Location: Comanche County--[geronimo], Oklahoma

5-Year Old Harold Walker. Location: Comanche County--[geronimo], Oklahoma

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Kevin Camp 1 year ago

Out in southwestern Oklahoma, some of the dryest and hottest areas of the country that is not a desert.

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#15

Maud Daly, Five Years Old. Grade Daly, Three Years Old. Each Picks About One Pot Of Shrimp A Day For The Peerless Oyster Co. Location: Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Maud Daly, Five Years Old. Grade Daly, Three Years Old. Each Picks About One Pot Of Shrimp A Day For The Peerless Oyster Co. Location: Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

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BusLady 1 year ago

I bet the owner of that company's children didn't have to work like this.

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#16

Tipple Boy, Turkey Knob Mine, Macdonald, W. Va. Witness E.n. Clopper. Location: Macdonald, West Virginia

Tipple Boy, Turkey Knob Mine, Macdonald, W. Va. Witness E.n. Clopper. Location: Macdonald, West Virginia

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

Good lord

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#17

Noon Hour In The Ewen Breaker, Pennsylvania Coal Co. Location: South Pittston, Pennsylvania

Noon Hour In The Ewen Breaker, Pennsylvania Coal Co. Location: South Pittston, Pennsylvania

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rhyan lumilay 1 year ago

seriously? almost all of them are young

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#18

Some Of Newark's Small Newsboys. Afternoon. Location: Newark, New Jersey

Some Of Newark's Small Newsboys. Afternoon. Location: Newark, New Jersey

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Daniel Stephen Turissini Jr. 1 year ago

ok yeah the other ones are horrible but these guys seem well cared for

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#19

Photo Of Boys Working In Arcade Bowling Alley, Trenton, N.j. Photo Taken Late At Night. The Boys Work Until Midnight And Later. Location: Trenton, New Jersey

Photo Of Boys Working In Arcade Bowling Alley, Trenton, N.j. Photo Taken Late At Night. The Boys Work Until Midnight And Later. Location: Trenton, New Jersey

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BusLady 1 year ago

Pin monkeys, they were called.

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#20

Eight-Year-Old, Jennie Camillo, Lives In West Maniyunk, Pa. For This Summer She Has Picked Cranberries. Location: Pemberton, New Jersey

Eight-Year-Old, Jennie Camillo, Lives In West Maniyunk, Pa. For This Summer She Has Picked Cranberries. Location: Pemberton, New Jersey

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

that is back-breaking work for an adult.

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#21

A Little Spinner In Globe Cotton Mill. Augusta, Ga. The Overseer Admitted She Was Regularly Employed. Location: Augusta, Georgia

A Little Spinner In Globe Cotton Mill. Augusta, Ga. The Overseer Admitted She Was Regularly Employed. Location: Augusta, Georgia

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BusLady 1 year ago

Her face says so much.

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#22

"Basket ! Five Cents Each!" Antoinette Siminger, 12 Years Old, 4219 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, Sixth St., Market, Cincinnati. 10 P.m. Had Been Selling Since Morning. Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

"Basket ! Five Cents Each!" Antoinette Siminger, 12 Years Old, 4219 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, Sixth St., Market, Cincinnati. 10 P.m. Had Been Selling Since Morning. Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

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BusLady 1 year ago

I'll buy those last 4, sweetheart, so you can go home and get some rest.

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#23

Two Of The Tiny Workers, A Raveler And A Looper In Loudon Hosiery Mills. Location: Loudon, Tennessee

Two Of The Tiny Workers, A Raveler And A Looper In Loudon Hosiery Mills. Location: Loudon, Tennessee

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BusLady 1 year ago

May have been sisters.

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#24

10 Yr. Old Picker On Gildersleeve Tobacco Farm. Location: Gildersleeve, Connecticut

10 Yr. Old Picker On Gildersleeve Tobacco Farm. Location: Gildersleeve, Connecticut

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Jaguarundi 1 year ago

The practice of employing children to process tobacco continued into the 1970's in Connecticut. For me and other teenagers, working in agriculture was one of the few summer jobs we could get. We could be hired from 14 and up but couldn't operate machinery until we were 18, unless we were family members. Family members worked at even younger ages.

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#25

Scene In Canning Factory Showing A 7-Year Old Girl Who Shucks 3 Pots Of Oysters A Day, And Works Regularly, And Her 6-Year Old Brother Who Helps Some. Mostly Negro Workers. The Boss Said "We Keep Only Enough Whites So We Can Control The Negroes And Keep Them Agoing." Location: Bluffton, South Carolina

Scene In Canning Factory Showing A 7-Year Old Girl Who Shucks 3 Pots Of Oysters A Day, And Works Regularly, And Her 6-Year Old Brother Who Helps Some. Mostly Negro Workers. The Boss Said "We Keep Only Enough Whites So We Can Control The Negroes And Keep Them Agoing." Location: Bluffton, South Carolina

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JillVille 1 year ago

"So we can control the..." Control!? Because they were seen as animals :(

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#26

Young Driver In Mine: Had Been Driving One Year. (7 A.m. To 5:30 P.m. Daily) Brown Mine, Brown , W. Va. Location: Brown, West Virginia

Young Driver In Mine: Had Been Driving One Year. (7 A.m. To 5:30 P.m. Daily) Brown Mine, Brown , W. Va. Location: Brown, West Virginia

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Brandi VanSteenwyk 1 year ago

The hats are torch lights. Necessary to see a couple of feet in front of you whilst in the pitch-black mines. Just as we have hats with reflectors and flashlights on them, these workers had their own "technology."

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#27

Drivers In A Coal Mine Co. Plenty Boys Driving And On Tipple. No Trappers Used, As Mine Is Ventilated By Another System. Location: West Virginia

Drivers In A Coal Mine Co. Plenty Boys Driving And On Tipple. No Trappers Used, As Mine Is Ventilated By Another System. Location: West Virginia

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Hisseefit 1 year ago

Poor pit ponies had a rotten job as well.

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#28

Greel's Shoe-Shining Parlor, Indianapolis, Ind. Said He Was 15 Years Old. Works Some Nights Until 11. Taken At 10 P.m. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Greel's Shoe-Shining Parlor, Indianapolis, Ind. Said He Was 15 Years Old. Works Some Nights Until 11. Taken At 10 P.m. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Joseph Brzezinski 1 year ago

My father in law was shining shoes around 12 years old, in the late 50s...

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#29

Lunch Time, Economy Glass Works, Morgantown, W. Va. Plenty More Like This, Inside. Location: Morgantown, West Virginia

Lunch Time, Economy Glass Works, Morgantown, W. Va. Plenty More Like This, Inside. Location: Morgantown, West Virginia

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Magpie 1 year ago

Glass works!!! Dangerous.

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#30

One Of The Spinners In Whitnel Cotton Mfg. Co. N.c. She Was 51 Inches High. Had Been In Mill 1 Year. Some At Night. Runs 4 Sides, 48 Cents A Day. When Asked How Old, She Hesitated, Then Said "I Don't Remember." Then Confidentially, "I'm Not Old Enough To Work, But I Do Just The Same." Location: Whitnel, North Carolina

One Of The Spinners In Whitnel Cotton Mfg. Co. N.c. She Was 51 Inches High. Had Been In Mill 1 Year. Some At Night. Runs 4 Sides, 48 Cents A Day. When Asked How Old, She Hesitated, Then Said "I Don't Remember." Then Confidentially, "I'm Not Old Enough To Work, But I Do Just The Same." Location: Whitnel, North Carolina

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Brandi VanSteenwyk 1 year ago

Sometimes height was the only way to assess the subects potential age. As seen, many had no idea how old they were or were accustomed to denying their youth in order to continue working to support families dependent on them.

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#31

Louis Birch, Newsboy, 12 Years Of Age. Just Started Selling. Made 10 Cents One Day. Father Dead. While Not Under Any Compulsion To Sell Papers, Louis, Of His Own Accord, Took It Up In Order To Help Support His Widowed Mother. Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Louis Birch, Newsboy, 12 Years Of Age. Just Started Selling. Made 10 Cents One Day. Father Dead. While Not Under Any Compulsion To Sell Papers, Louis, Of His Own Accord, Took It Up In Order To Help Support His Widowed Mother. Location: Wilmington, Delaware

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Ethan Daniel Harley 1 year ago

I wonder if allot of the children from these pictures also took the job to help the family.?

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#32

"Radishes! Penny A Bunch!" Sixth St. Market, Cincinnati. 10 P.m. Saturday. Boys And Girls Sell All Day, And Until 11 P.m. Aug.22, 1908. Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

"Radishes! Penny A Bunch!" Sixth St. Market, Cincinnati. 10 P.m. Saturday. Boys And Girls Sell All Day, And Until 11 P.m. Aug.22, 1908. Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Celental Midnight 1 year ago

I would buy them all even though I am not a fan of them, then I would give her a lot more money... Sweet lassie

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#33

11:00 A. M . Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies At Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson Near Franklin. They Were All Smoking. Location: St. Louis, Missouri

11:00 A. M . Monday, May 9th, 1910. Newsies At Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson Near Franklin. They Were All Smoking. Location: St. Louis, Missouri

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Jeanine Baunsgard 1 year ago

Adults have kids cigarettes to cope with being hungry, so they could work all day and everyone thought it was fine. My dad was given cigarettes by his dad at 8 years old to work their cattle ranch

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#34

Little Fannie, 7 Years Old, 48 Inches High, Helps Sister In Elk Mills. Location: Fayetteville, Tennessee

Little Fannie, 7 Years Old, 48 Inches High, Helps Sister In Elk Mills. Location: Fayetteville, Tennessee

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BusLady 1 year ago

Such a pretty little girl.

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#35

A Greaser In A Coal Mine. See 1835. Location: Bessie Mine, Alabama

A Greaser In A Coal Mine. See 1835. Location: Bessie Mine, Alabama

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BusLady 1 year ago

They carried heavy pails of grease. Dangerous work. Taken 1910.

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#36

Sonny And Pete Newsboys. One Is Six Years Old. They Began At 6:00 A.m. Location: San Antonio, Texas

Sonny And Pete Newsboys. One Is Six Years Old. They Began At 6:00 A.m. Location: San Antonio, Texas

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BusLady 1 year ago

Precious little boys. They deserve to be in school.

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#37

Widow & Boy Rolling Papers For Cigarettes In A Dirty N.y. Tenement. Location: New York, New York

Widow & Boy Rolling Papers For Cigarettes In A Dirty N.y. Tenement. Location: New York, New York

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Stina Kolling 1 year ago

Calling it a "dirty" tenement seems like an undeserved indictment of this poor widder-woman with three mouths to feed. I see poor, but I don't necessarily see dirty.

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#38

Working Girls Learning Dressmaking In The Free Evening School. Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Working Girls Learning Dressmaking In The Free Evening School. Location: Boston, Massachusetts

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Joe Clark 1 year ago

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All girls should learn sewing.

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#39

Bertha, One Of The Six-Year Old Shuckers. Began Work At 4 A.m. Maggioni Canning Co. Location: Port Royal, South Carolina

Bertha, One Of The Six-Year Old Shuckers. Began Work At 4 A.m. Maggioni Canning Co. Location: Port Royal, South Carolina

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

Imagine her hands. They must have so many cuts and callouses

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#40

"Fire- Fire - I Want To Make The Fire." An Italian Boy On Salem Street Saturday Morning, Offering To Make Fires For Jewish People. Location: Boston, Massachusetts

"Fire- Fire - I Want To Make The Fire." An Italian Boy On Salem Street Saturday Morning, Offering To Make Fires For Jewish People. Location: Boston, Massachusetts

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Ethan Daniel Harley 1 year ago

This was common. Jewish people are not allowed to do certain things on the Sabbath, so often they would have a gentile to assist them in starting fires, taking them out.... The gentiles that helped were paid and treated well though.

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#41

A Typical Birmingham Messenger. Location: Birmingham, Alabama

A Typical Birmingham Messenger. Location: Birmingham, Alabama

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BusLady 1 year ago

Took time out of his day to pose. Maybe the only break he got all day.

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#42

Maple Mills, Dillon, S.c. Soarbar Seris, Has Worked Off And On In The Mill For 5 Years. Winds. Gets 70 Cents And Up. "Recon I'm About 14." Didn't Look It. Has Worked More Nights Than Day Time. Location: Dillon, South Carolina

Maple Mills, Dillon, S.c. Soarbar Seris, Has Worked Off And On In The Mill For 5 Years. Winds. Gets 70 Cents And Up. "Recon I'm About 14." Didn't Look It. Has Worked More Nights Than Day Time. Location: Dillon, South Carolina

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Agnes Jekyll 1 year ago

a man in my dad's small town had been left in New York City by his parents when they returned to Poland. He worked the elevator in an apartment building, sleeping in the elevator or under the stairs. He eventually walked to Canada, by himself.

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#43

One Of The Small Boys In J. S. Farrand P[ac]king Co. And A Heavy Load. J. W. Magruder, Witness. Location: Baltimore, Maryland

One Of The Small Boys In J. S. Farrand P[ac]king Co. And A Heavy Load. J. W. Magruder, Witness. Location: Baltimore, Maryland

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Candice Burger 1 year ago

Joe is bored, joe has no friends, this has turned joe into someone who needs attention

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#44

Francis Lance 5 Years Old, 41 Inches High. Sells Regularly On Grand Avenue. Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Francis Lance 5 Years Old, 41 Inches High. Sells Regularly On Grand Avenue. Location: St. Louis, Missouri

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BusLady 1 year ago

I imagine there were people who would try to cheat these children. Sad.

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#45

Katie Kuritzko, 7-Year-Old Oyster Shucker. Has Mumps Now. Her 8-Year-Old Brother Also Shucks. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana

Katie Kuritzko, 7-Year-Old Oyster Shucker. Has Mumps Now. Her 8-Year-Old Brother Also Shucks. Location: Dunbar, Louisiana

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Brandi VanSteenwyk 1 year ago

This has got to be one of the most heart wrenching of all of these photographs. There is absolutely nothing redeemable in her face, her dress, her situation in it's entirety. Only sadness....

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#46

One Of The Young Spinners In The Quidwick Co. Mill. Anthony, R. I. (A Polish Boy Willie) Who Was Taking His Noon Rest In A Doffer-Box. Location: Anthony, Rhode Island

One Of The Young Spinners In The Quidwick Co. Mill. Anthony, R. I. (A Polish Boy Willie) Who Was Taking His Noon Rest In A Doffer-Box. Location: Anthony, Rhode Island

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#47

Ethel Shumate. Has Been Rolling Cigarettes In Danville (Va.) Factory For Six Months. Said She Was Thirteen Years Old, But It Is Doubtful. Location: Danville, Virginia

Ethel Shumate. Has Been Rolling Cigarettes In Danville (Va.) Factory For Six Months. Said She Was Thirteen Years Old, But It Is Doubtful. Location: Danville, Virginia

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BusLady 1 year ago

Far from it.

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#48

A Few Of The Messengers Western Union, Hartford, Conn. They Are On Duty, Alternate Nights, Until 10 P.m. Location: Hartford, Connecticut

A Few Of The Messengers Western Union, Hartford, Conn. They Are On Duty, Alternate Nights, Until 10 P.m. Location: Hartford, Connecticut

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BusLady 1 year ago

That's a child on the left? He looks like an old man.

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#49

Daisy Langford, 8 Yrs. Old Works In Ross' Canneries. She Helps At The Capping Machine, But Is Not Able To "Keep Up." She Places Caps On The Cans At The Rate Of About 40 Per Minute Working Full Time. Location: Seaford, Delaware

Daisy Langford, 8 Yrs. Old Works In Ross' Canneries. She Helps At The Capping Machine, But Is Not Able To "Keep Up." She Places Caps On The Cans At The Rate Of About 40 Per Minute Working Full Time. Location: Seaford, Delaware

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BusLady 1 year ago

At that pace, no wonder she had trouble keeping up.

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#50

6 Yr. Old Earle Holt (Or Hope), 712 H St., S.w., Washington, D.c., Sells Papers For A Neighbor Boy. When I Met Him, Within An Hour He Had Forgotten That I Had Photographed Him, But He Didn't Forget To Shortchange Me When I Bought The Paper. Location: Washington (D.c.)

6 Yr. Old Earle Holt (Or Hope), 712 H St., S.w., Washington, D.c., Sells Papers For A Neighbor Boy. When I Met Him, Within An Hour He Had Forgotten That I Had Photographed Him, But He Didn't Forget To Shortchange Me When I Bought The Paper. Location: Washington (D.c.)

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BusLady 1 year ago

A shrewd businessman, eh?

#51

Two Of The Boys On Night Shift In The More-Jonas Glass Co., Bridgeton, N.j. Location: Bridgeton, New Jersey

Two Of The Boys On Night Shift In The More-Jonas Glass Co., Bridgeton, N.j. Location: Bridgeton, New Jersey

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rhyan lumilay 1 year ago

boy in the left has a toned arms from working contrary to his young face.

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#52

Fruit Vendors, Indianapolis Market, Aug., 1908. Wit., E. N. Clopper. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Fruit Vendors, Indianapolis Market, Aug., 1908. Wit., E. N. Clopper. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Ethan Daniel Harley 1 year ago

I guess they bought the girls baskets for 5...

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#53

A Young Doffer Working In Central Mills. Location: Sylacauga, Alabama

A Young Doffer Working In Central Mills. Location: Sylacauga, Alabama

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#54

Elsie Shaw, A 6 Year Old Cartoner During The Summer. [her Father] Asked Me To Take Some Photos Of Her, As He Has Her Do A Singing Act In Vaudeville In The Winter, "And She's Old Enough Now To Go Through The Audience And Sell Her Own Photos." Location: Eastport, Maine

Elsie Shaw, A 6 Year Old Cartoner During The Summer. [her Father] Asked Me To Take Some Photos Of Her, As He Has Her Do A Singing Act In Vaudeville In The Winter, "And She's Old Enough Now To Go Through The Audience And Sell Her Own Photos." Location: Eastport, Maine

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BusLady 1 year ago

That's sad when her own parent is exploiting her.

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#55

Israel April, 9 Yr. Old Newsboy With No Badge. Been Selling For Several Years. I Found Him Selling After Midnight April 17th And 18th. Quite A Pugnacious Little Chap. He And His Brother Are Said To Have A Large Clientele Among Ambassadors And Senators. Location: Washington (D.c.)

Israel April, 9 Yr. Old Newsboy With No Badge. Been Selling For Several Years. I Found Him Selling After Midnight April 17th And 18th. Quite A Pugnacious Little Chap. He And His Brother Are Said To Have A Large Clientele Among Ambassadors And Senators. Location: Washington (D.c.)

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Chris Morse 1 year ago

Pugnacious... Little dude didn’t take any guff!

#56

Spinners In Melville Mfg. Co., Cherryville, N.c. Location: Cherryville, North Carolina

Spinners In Melville Mfg. Co., Cherryville, N.c. Location: Cherryville, North Carolina

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#57

The "Carrying-In Boys," Midnight At An Indiana Glass Works. Location: Indiana

The "Carrying-In Boys," Midnight At An Indiana Glass Works. Location: Indiana

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BusLady 1 year ago

So they ran some of these factories 24 hours a day?

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#58

Noon Hour In An Indianapolis Furniture Factory. Aug., 1908. Wit., E. N. Clopper. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Noon Hour In An Indianapolis Furniture Factory. Aug., 1908. Wit., E. N. Clopper. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Big John 1 year ago

Learning a trade.

#59

Messenger Boy Working For Mackay Telegraph Company. Said Fifteen Years Old. Exposed To Red Light Dangers. Location: Waco, Texas

Messenger Boy Working For Mackay Telegraph Company. Said Fifteen Years Old. Exposed To Red Light Dangers. Location: Waco, Texas

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Carole Dose 1 year ago

I'm going to guess that since he's with a bicycle that red light dangers have to do with traffic lights at intersections--and a working child's disregard for them.

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#60

Newberry Mills (S.c.) Noon Hour. All Are Working Here. Witness, Sara R. Hine. Location: Newberry, South Carolina

Newberry Mills (S.c.) Noon Hour. All Are Working Here. Witness, Sara R. Hine. Location: Newberry, South Carolina

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Joe Clark 1 year ago

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“All Are Working Here.” I don't see anyone working.

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#61

Lillian Dambrinio, An Eleven-Year-Old Shrimp Picker In Peerless Oyster Co. She Is An American And Lives Here. Says Picking Makes Her Hands Sore. Location: Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Lillian Dambrinio, An Eleven-Year-Old Shrimp Picker In Peerless Oyster Co. She Is An American And Lives Here. Says Picking Makes Her Hands Sore. Location: Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

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Joe Clark 1 year ago

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Why would she pick shrimp for an oyster company?

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#62

Boys Working In A Cannery, Indianapolis, Unloading Freight Cars Full Of New Tomato Cans. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Boys Working In A Cannery, Indianapolis, Unloading Freight Cars Full Of New Tomato Cans. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Fred Burrows 1 year ago

Before boxes were invented , apparently .

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#63

A Little "Shaver," Indianapolis Newsboy, 41 Inches High. Said He Was 6 Years Old. Aug., 1908. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

A Little "Shaver," Indianapolis Newsboy, 41 Inches High. Said He Was 6 Years Old. Aug., 1908. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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BusLady 1 year ago

Looks like he picked up some business outside the barber shop.

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#64

Postal Telegraph Messengers, Indianapolis, (Indiana Has No Age Limit For Mes'grs.) Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Postal Telegraph Messengers, Indianapolis, (Indiana Has No Age Limit For Mes'grs.) Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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#65

Carrying-In Boy At The Lehr, (15 Years Old) Glass Works, Grafton, W. Va. Has Worked For Several Years. Works Nine Hours. Day Shift One Week, Night Shift Next Week. Gets $1.25 Per Day. Location: Grafton, West Virginia

Carrying-In Boy At The Lehr, (15 Years Old) Glass Works, Grafton, W. Va. Has Worked For Several Years. Works Nine Hours. Day Shift One Week, Night Shift Next Week. Gets $1.25 Per Day. Location: Grafton, West Virginia

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Stina Kolling 1 year ago

Look at how rough his poor hands are.

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#66

"Teaching The Young Idea." The Boss (Who Began At 10 Years Of Age, And Has Been At It For 30 Years) Showing A Beginner (Who Is Apparently 9 Or 10) See 169. Location: Morgantown, West Virginia

"Teaching The Young Idea." The Boss (Who Began At 10 Years Of Age, And Has Been At It For 30 Years) Showing A Beginner (Who Is Apparently 9 Or 10) See 169. Location: Morgantown, West Virginia

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BusLady 1 year ago

The older gentleman on the right may have trained him.

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#67

In Front Of Shacks At Noon, Florence Colony, Whites Bog, Browns Mills, N.j. This Is The Fourth Week Of School And The People Expect To Remain Two Weeks More. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

In Front Of Shacks At Noon, Florence Colony, Whites Bog, Browns Mills, N.j. This Is The Fourth Week Of School And The People Expect To Remain Two Weeks More. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

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marie elle 1 year ago

Of course its a benefit to go to school rather than work. But looking at those tiny faces- live doesn't seem much better.

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#68

Two Little Pickers. Manuel Alvez - 12 Years, Marion Alvez, 8 Years. She Picks 19 Measures. He Picks 10 Measures. Location: Falmouth - Baker Bog, Massachusetts

Two Little Pickers. Manuel Alvez - 12 Years, Marion Alvez, 8 Years. She Picks 19 Measures. He Picks 10 Measures. Location: Falmouth - Baker Bog, Massachusetts

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Adele Maestranzi 1 year ago

Picking cranberries

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#69

Fruit Peddlers. Boston 1915 Exhibit. Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Fruit Peddlers. Boston 1915 Exhibit. Location: Boston, Massachusetts

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Celental Midnight 1 year ago

I would buy every item they have, take them to a good lunch, then send them home with money.

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#70

Oldest Girl, Minnie Carpenter. Makes Fifty Cents A Day Of 10 Hours. Works Four Sides. Younger Girl Works Irregularly. Location: Gastonia, North Carolina

Oldest Girl, Minnie Carpenter. Makes Fifty Cents A Day Of 10 Hours. Works Four Sides. Younger Girl Works Irregularly. Location: Gastonia, North Carolina

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Louise Brigance 1 year ago

I have some old photos that my Dad had and whenever I look at them it depresses the hell out of me. Children who look like they've already seen the worst and lived through it. Seen the heartless and careless treatment been on the reviving end of casual cruelty and kept going. How sad.

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#71

Tenjeta Calone, Philadelphia, 10 Years Old. Been Picking Cranberries 4 Years. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

Tenjeta Calone, Philadelphia, 10 Years Old. Been Picking Cranberries 4 Years. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey

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BusLady 1 year ago

That had to have been very hard on the back.

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#72

Boys Going To Work, Merrimac Mills, Noon-Hour. Location: Huntsville, Alabama

Boys Going To Work, Merrimac Mills, Noon-Hour. Location: Huntsville, Alabama