Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day



Lewis Hines made this picture of 14 and 15 year olds attaching bed springs in a factory in Boston, Massachusetts in 1917. Mr. Hines crisscrossed the nation photographing child labor, from oyster shuckers in Louisiana in the south to children in spinning mills in the north and out west to capture images of pint sized newsies on the streets of Los Angeles. The full catalogue of his work is available online at the Library of Congress.

3 comments:

steven said...

hello golden west, something tells me that their fingers and palms would be hurtin' bad after the first few weeks of this work. steven

Tracy said...

Heart goes out to these young lads...so sad this photo...What a hard life they must have had. Have a good week, Golden West ((HUGS))

The Weaver of Grass said...

It is made worse by the fact that there is still child-labour in many parts of the world. Children as young as five are put to work in awful conditions. It does us good sometimes to realise how lucky we are.