“Paint us an angel with the floating violet robe and a face paled by the celestial light; paint us a Madonna turning her mild face upward, and opening her arms to welcome the divine glory, but do not impose on us any esthetic rules which shall banish from the reign of art those … [Read more...]
LEWIS HINE PROJECT - Page 1
Welcome to the Lewis Hine ProjectTM, an amazing journey through 100 years of American history. If this is your first visit, please see About Lewis Hine Project first (just click photo at left). Each photo below is a link.
Click Child Labor Stories for an index of all the stories I have posted so far; Addie Card: The Search for an Anemic Little Spinner for the story that inspired this project; Counting on Grace for information about the book inspired by Addie; Library of Congress to see all of Hine’s child labor photos; and Mystery Photos to see some of the unnamed children I am trying to identify.
Click Lonnie Cole, the Story and the Song to see and hear about the little boy called “Our Baby Doffer”; Catherine Young family to see their remarkable story; Children That Mattered: An essay about the Lewis Hine Project; Exhibits & Presentations to learn about exhibits of my work, and my upcoming presentations; and Lewis Hine, to see a brief biography of the great photographer.
In the fall of 2005, I was hired by author Elizabeth Winthrop to find the descendants of Addie Card, a 12-year-old cotton mill worker in Pownal, Vermont, who had been photographed by Lewis Hine in 1910, for the National Child Labor Committee. Hine, who died in 1940, was one of … [Read more...]
My caption: Frank Dwyer (boy in front row, left) was 11 years old, brother Joseph Dwyer (front row, third from left) was 14, and Henry Maul (short boy in middle, boy next to him has his hand on Henry’s head) was 14. Alton, Illinois, May 17, 1910. Photo by Lewis Hine. Lewis … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Boys working in Amoskeag Mills, Manchester, N.H. Smallest boy is Napoleon Cammery, 194 Merrimac St. Been in mill 1 year. Next boy is Jerry Moore, 352 Chestnut St. Martin Markey, 33 State St. Location: Manchester, New Hampshire, May 1909. I have compiled … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: On right hand is Richard Fitzgerald, 53 Montgomery St., works in twisting room of Eclipse Mills, No. Adams. On left hand, Joseph Adams, 107 Front St., works in twisting room of Eclipse Mills,. Location: North Adams, Massachusetts, August 1911. When I … [Read more...]
My caption: Frank Dwyer (boy in front row, left) was 11 years old, brother Joseph Dwyer (front row, third from left) was 14, and Henry Maul (short boy in middle, boy next to him has his hand on Henry's head) was 14. Alton, Illinois, May 17, 1910. Photo by Lewis Hine. Lewis … [Read more...]
Soon after I began my research into the lives of the child laborers photographed in Winchendon by Lewis Hine, the late Catherine Joseph Drudi, of Winchendon, recommended that I contact Eric White, a member of the first generation of Whites that did not own the Spring Village … [Read more...]
My research indicates that near the weekend of August 12-13, 1911, Lewis Hine traveled by train to Eastport, Maine, most likely from New York City. According to several local historians I talked to, he probably would have arrived at the railroad station on Washington Street. It … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: John Dempsey (looked 11 or 12) years old. Said he helped only on Saturdays. Jackson Mill, Fiskeville, R. I. (One of the B. B. and R. Knight mills). He was working faithfully in the mule-spinning room, a dangerous place for boys. I found no others below 14 in … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Back boy - 14 years old - Mule room. Berkshire Cotton Mills. Location: Adams, Massachusetts, July 10, 1916. "In our family, the boys all had to start working at 14 years old, to help out. My first pay was $3.70 for a 48-hour week, and I would get 50 cents … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Johnnie Ostafan, 5 Boylston Street, Easthampton, Mass. Been doffing nearly a year in West Boylston cotton mills and may be under legal age. Location: Easthampton, Massachusetts, August 1912. When he was photographed by Lewis Hine, 13-year-old John George … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Andrew Stefanik, (on right hand). (see label 2637). Arthur Asslin, (on left) 118 Front St. Been working here one year. May be 14 or 15. Location: Chicopee, Massachusetts. "The mills of the Dwight Manufacturing Company are at Chicopee, three miles above … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Adelard Gagnon (smallest), 32 Palmer St, Location: Salem, Massachusetts, October 1911. "The neighborhood kids all came to visit my grandfather, and he would give them lollipops. He never had a driver's license, so my father did his grocery shopping for him, … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Antonio Martina, 53 Carolina Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 11 years old last summer. Attends School #1. He and a 13-year-old sister worked in sheds of Ellis-Canning Factory, Brant, N.Y., snipping beans at 1 cents a pound. Left for the country in May, returned late in … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Arthur Chalifoux, 3 Rand St. (4th boy from left). Works in Eclipse Mills, No. Adams. Location: North Adams, Massachusetts, August 1911. "Eddie Leonard of this city waded after Young Rogers of Schenectady in biff bang style and won the decision by a shade … [Read more...]
In order to understand the plight of the Young family, it is important to learn more about Tifton Cotton Mills and the child labor situation at the time. According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Henry Harding Tift was born in Mystic, Connecticut, on March 16, 1841. After … [Read more...]
The building known as the Glenallan Mill was built in the 1860s, with some additional buildings added, or some demolished as the company expanded or changed ownership. The White family bought the mill in 1886 and named it the Glenallan Mill. Until they sold it in 1929, the White … [Read more...]
Lewis Hine caption: Stringing wooden buttons (button moulds) in a crowded home, Williamsburg, Mass. Mrs. Weeks and her children 13 years, 11 years, 7 years and her grand children 7 years, 5 years and 4 years old, all working after school, holidays, etc., stringing these button … [Read more...]
The following is edited from a 1976 interview with Minerva (Sharman) Gray, who worked in the summers from about 1912 to 1914, in her teenage years, at the Sea Coast Packing Company in Robbinston, a town about 20 miles north of Eastport. Phoebe Thomas (see her story) worked for … [Read more...]
The following is from The Survey, 1906 The New Child Labor Law in Georgia: Samuel McCune Lindsay, Secretary of the National Child Labor Committee Georgia is the industrial leader of the new industrial South. At least one quarter of all the children under fourteen … [Read more...]