As Seen Through the Photographs of Louis Wikes Hine
Faces of Lost Youth
Adolescent girls from Bibb Mfg. Co. in Macon, Georgia.
Doffer boys, Macon, Georgia.
General view of spinning room. Cornell Mill, Fall River, Mass.
A moments glimpse of the outer world. Said she was 11 years old. Been working over a year. Rhodes Mfg. Co. Lincolnton, North Carolina.
Small boys and girls climbed up onto the spinning frame to mend brokenthreads and to put back the empty bobbins. Bibb Mill No. 1. Macon, Georgia.
The overseer said apologetically, "She just happened in." The mills seem full of youngsters who "just happened in" or "are helping sister." Newberry, S.C.
Jo Bodeon, a back-roper in the mule room at Chace Cotton Mill. Burlington, VT.
A small newsie downtown on a Saturday afternoon. St. Louis, Mo.
A group of newsies on Capitol steps. Tony, age 8, Dan, 9, Joseph, 10, and John, age 11. Washington, D.C.
Francis Lance, 5 years old. 41 inches high. He jumps on and off moving trolley cars at the risk of his life. St. Louis, Mo.
Breaker boys, Hughestown Borough Pa. Coal Co. One of these is James Leonard, another is Stanley Rasmus. Pittston, Pa.
More breaker boys, smallest is Angelo Ross. Pittston, Penn.
Scotland Mills showing boys who work in mill. Laurinburg, NC
9 p.m. in an Indiana Glass Works.
Some of the young knitters in London Hosiery Mills. London, Tenn.
Young cigar makers in Engelhardt & Co. who look under 14. Labor leaders said in busy times many small boys and girls were employed. Youngsters all smoke. Tampa, Fla.
Boys in the packing room at the Brown Mfg. Co. Evansville, Ind.
Willie, a Polish boy, taking his noon rest in a doffer box at the Quidwick Co. Mill. Anthony, R.I.
Day scene. Wheaton Glass Works. Boy is Howard Lee, 15 years old. Has been in glass works two years and some nights. Millville, N.J.
A boy making melon baskets in a basket factory. Evansville, Ind.
Rob Kidd, one of the young workers in a glass factory. Alexandria, Va.
Oyster shuckers working in Dunbar, LA, canning factory from 3:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All but the very smallest work, including girl in center. Her mother said she is "a real help to me."
Shrimp pickers, including little 8 year old Max on the right. Biloxi, Miss.
Johnnie, a 9 year old oyster shucker. The man behind him is a padrone who has brought these people from Baltimore for 4 years. He is their boss. Dunbar, LA.
Manuel the young shrimp picker, age 5, with a mountain of child labor oyster shells behind him. He worked last year. Understands not a word of English. Biloxi, Miss.
Cutting fish in a sardine cannery. Large sharp knives are used with a cutting and chopping motion. Slippery floors & benches & careless bumping increase the possibility of accidents. "The salt water gits into the cuts and they ache," said one boy. Eastport, ME.
Hiram Pulk, age 9, working in a canning company. "I ain't very fast only about 5 boxes a day. They pay about 5 cents a box," he said. Eastport, ME.
A berry field on Rock Creek. Whites and blacks, old and young, work here from4:30 a.m. to sunset some days. A long hot day. Rock Creek, Md.
Camille Carmo, age 7, and Justine, age 9. The older girl picks about 4 pails a day. Rochester, Mass.
Norris Luvitt. Been picking 3 years in berry fields near Baltimore.
A Variety of Jobs
Bowling Alley boys. Many of them work setting pins until past midnight. New Haven, Conn.
George Christopher, Postal Telegraph, age 14. Been at it over 3 years. Does not work nights. Nashville, Tenn.
A boy carrying hats in New York City.
Three young boys with shovels standing in doorway of a Fort Worth & Denver train car.
Mrs. Battaglia (pictured with Tessie, 12, and Tony, 7) works in a garment shop except on Saturdays, when the children sew with her at home for 2 or 3 cents a pair finishing men's pants. They earn $1-1.50 on Saturday. Father disabled and can earn very little. NY City.
Jewish family & neighbors working until late at night sewing garters. The youngest work until 9 p.m., the others until 11 p.m. or later. Out of work father helps make garters. NY City.
Picking nuts in dirty basement. The dirtiest imaginable children were pawing over the nuts on the table. Mother had a cold and blew her nose frequently (without washing her hands) and the dirty handkerchiefs reposed comfortably on table close to the nuts and nut meats. The father picks now. NY City.
Pastimes and Vices
Teaching the young rider how to start. A common scene in pool rooms. St. Louis, Mo.
Messengers absorbed in their usual game of poker in the "Den of the terrible nine" (the waiting room for Western Union Messengers, Hartford, Conn.). They play for money. Some lose a whole month's wages in a day and then are afraid to go home.
A.D.T. messenger boys. They all smoke. Birmingham, Alabama.
A group of newsies playing craps in the jail alley at 10 p.m. Albany, N.Y.
11:00 a.m. Newsies at Skeeter's Branch. They were all smoking. St. Louis, MO.
Getting working papers in New York City.
Two of the smaller girls with three other sisters work on the night shift and support a big, lazy father who complains he is not well enough to work. He loafs around the country store. The oldest three of these sisters have been in the mill for 7 years, and the two youngest, two years. The latter earns 84 cents a night. Whitnel, N.C.
Some of the workers in the Farrand Packing Co. Baltimore, Md.
At 5 p.m., boys going home from Monougal Glass Works. One boy remarked, "De place is lousey wid kids." Fairmont, W. Va.
A few of the young workers in the Beaumont Mill. Spartenburg, S.C.
Fish cutters at a Canning Co in Maine. Ages range from 7 to 12. They live near the factory. The 7 year old boy in front, Byron Hamilton, has a badly cut finger but helps his brother regularly. Behind him is his brother George, age 11, who cut his finger half off while working. Ralph, on the left, displays his knife and also a badly cut finger. They and many youngsters said they were always cutting themselves.
George earns a $1 some days usually 75 cents. Some of the others say they earn a $1 when they work all day. At times they start at 7 a.m. and work all day until midnight.