Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Making Ends Meet

Lewis Hine worked as a photographer for the U.S. National Child Labor Committee, and he criss crossed the country documenting children's job situations. The photograph above was taken in Wilmington, Delaware on May 21, 1910. According to Hine's caption, the boy shown above is Joseph Severio, age 11, who had already worked willingly for two years, pushing a cart as a peanut vendor. He usually worked 6 hours a day and was frequently still on the streets past midnight. The caption notes that Joseph was a non-smoker and turned all of his earnings over to his father.

The photograph below, taken in May, 1915, shows two brothers, 9 and 7, known as "newsies", selling papers on the streets of Los Angeles. Hines described these two as "tough specimens".


High Desert Diva said...

Odd about the caption line re: Joseph being a non-smoker. Were most young boys smokers in 1910?

Ann said...

We still have young news paper runners in New Zealand. They are paid really low. When my son turned 11, he couldn't wait to start his job.

However,he lasted one day. We pulled him out. He was paid $4 per run, and that was me and him working 2 hours each. He still wanted to work. We decided he could spend his time in a more constructive way.

These poor kids are not protected by the union.

I posted this on my blog.