Sunday, September 6, 2009

20th Century Barbershops ~ #6 In A Series



These photographs were taken by Lewis Hine, as part of his effort to document child labor at the beginning of the 20th century. This 12 year old boy, above, was working in his father's barber shop on Hanover Street, in Boston. The photograph was made in February, 1917.

In February, five years earlier, in 1912, Mr. Hine shot the picture below in front of a Thompson Street barbershop in New York City - a young girl delivering an armful of freshly sewn kimonos. He noted in the margins "girl very reticent".

2 comments:

steven said...

hello golden west, cripes another scaifying pic of a straight razor, and this one in the hands of a twelve year-old. i guess you'd develop some trust but man oh man i'd not have let my twe;ve year old that close t the old guy's jugular!!!!
kiminos! hmmmm. there's a story there isn't there. who were they for? have a lovely day. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thankfully times have changed - hopefully for the better!