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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Lewis Hine Closer to Home

I guess you could say I've become a little obsessed this week with Lewis Hine! Oh, well, if you're tired of it all, then stop reading right here. Otherwise, take a look at these photos taken just up the road in Manchester (descriptions provided by Lewis Hine):

A few of the small girls and boys (not the smallest ones) that I found working in the spinning room of one of the Amoskeag Mfg. Co. mills at Manchester, N.H. Photo taken at 1:00 p.m., May 21, 1909, in hallway of spinning room. Many others there and in the other mills.

Going to work on the night shift, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., 6 P.M. Manchester, N.H. This boy has been working all night here for 5 months.

6 P.M., May 24, 1909. Coming out of Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Manchester, N.H.

To read about the Manchester mills, we have Amoskeag: Life and Work in an American Factory-City by Tamara K. Hareven [974.2 HAR].

Other examples of child laborers in our neck of the woods:

Lowell, Massachusetts at the aptly named "Les Miserables" Bowling Alleys:

Pin boys in Les Miserables Alleys, Frank Jarose, 7 Fayette St., Mellens Court, said 11 years old, made $3.72 last week. Joseph Philip, 5 Wall St., said 11 years old, and works until midnight every week night; said he made $2.25 last week and $1.75 the week before. Willie Payton, 196 Fayette St., said 11 years old, made over $2 last week, works there every night until midnight.

Lawrence, Massachusetts:

Antoinette Pothier, been doffing six months at Ayer mill. Has a walk of nearly 30 minutes each way to work morning and night. Leaves home at 6 A.M. and gets back 6:30 P.M.

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