Thursday, October 20, 2011

Child Labor

Minnie and Mattie Carpenter, Gastonia, North Carolina, 1908, photo by Lewis Hine.
Group of spinners in Elk Cotton Mills in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Youngest girl hardly knew her name. Youngest boy runs two sides at ten cents each a day, 1910. Photo by Lewis Hine.
I love old photographs. Lewis Hine was a sociologist and photojournalist who shot photos of children working in mills and factories during the early 1900s. Mr. Hine was hired by the National Child Labor Committee who were trying to regulate child labor laws. Author Joe Manning has researched the stories of these mill children and their families. I was so mesmerized reading about their lives.

Library of Congress National Child Labor Committee Photo Collection
Francis Lance 5 years old, 41 inches high. Sells regularly on Grand Avenue. Location: St. Louis, Missouri, 1910. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Addie Card, 11 years old, North Pownal, Vermont, August 1910. Photo by Lewis Hine.


  1. Wow. That little girl is working (barefoot) in a textile mill. Hard to imagine... What a difference 100 years makes, huh?

  2. And sad that it still goes on all over the world today.

  3. I love these old photos too. Have you seen Lots and lots of historical/old pix there. You can use 'Lewis Hine' as your search term, and see all the photos by him on the site. It's so amazing to see how life has changed in a century, isn't it?

  4. Wow - those photos are fascinating!! I love old photos, too - especially ones of my city. I love to imagine what it must have been like to live here 100 years ago!


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