Monday, April 27, 2009

All Work And No Play

These photographs were taken By Lewis Hine in July 1909. Mr. Hine traveled to 32 states in two years, photographing and documenting the harsh realities of child labor for the National Child Labor Committee.

Young Johnny Yellow, aged ten, shown above, worked picking berries on the Bottomley Farm near Baltimore every summer and traveled with his Polish immigrant family every winter to Biloxi, Mississippi for another harvest. The caption on the photograph notes that he was "stunted, at only 39 inches tall", and further notes that was not uncommon amongst migrant working children of that era.

The photograph below shows the lodging provided to the workers. Typically three families would live together and share the common outdoor cooking facilities shown alongside their building.

These photographs are courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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