cotton mill girl

  1. A Variety of Jobs; A Bowery bootblack in New York City.                     .
  2. A Variety of Jobs; George Christopher, Postal Telegraph, age 14. Been at it over 3 years. Does not work nights. Nashville, Tennessee.                                                                                                            . 
  3. Child Labor; Breaker Boys, Pittston, PA, USA, 1911. A mixture of frowns and smiles on the faces of child miners. The soot on their faces makes the viewer wonder what’s gotten into their lungs.                                                                                                   .
  4. Francis Lance, 5 years old, 41 inches high. Sells regularly. St. Louis, Mo, May 1910.                                                                                                                                 .
  5. Newsies; Francis Lance, 5 years old, 41 inches high. He jumps on and off moving trolley cars at the risk of his life. St. Louis, Missouri.                                                                                                               .
  6. Newsies; Michael McNelis, age 8, a newsboy [seen with photographer Hine]. This boy has just recovered from his second attack of pneumonia. Was found selling papers in a big rain storm. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.                                                                   .
  7. Spinner in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Lancaster, S.C., 12-01-1908                         .
  8. The Mill; Some boys and girls were so small they had to climb up on to the spinning frame to mend broken threads and to put back the empty bobbins. Bibb Mill No. 1. Macon, Georgia.                                                                  .
  9. Tommy Hawkins, 5 years old. Sells papers. Is 41 inches high. St. Louis, Mo, May 1910                                                                                                                            .
  10. Addie Laird, 12 years old. Spinner in a Cotton Mill. Girls in mill say she is 10 years old. She admitted to me that she was 12 years old, that she started during school vacation and now would stay. North Pownal, Vt, February 19 

Eye-to-eye with a young cotton-mill worker.

A girl no older than 13 stands against a loom. She and the many children she worked with in unacceptable conditions were photographed by Lewis Hine on assignment from the National Child Labor Committee. 

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Cotton-Mill Worker, North Carolina, 1908, Lewis Wickes Hine. J. Paul Getty Museum.