Saturday, February 2, 2013

101 Years Ago Today
























The caption reads:  Mrs. Montemora, fifty-five years old, is a janitress for a large tenement, 133 W. Houston St., (lives Apt. 7) housing 26 families.  When not tending the furnace or occupied with other duties for others and her own family, she makes flowers, assisted by her niece Josephine, 12 years old.  They both work until 10:00 pm frequently.  Photo taken at 2:30 pm, Feb. 2, 1912, a school day and their only explanation was, "She just stayed out."  Making buds.  Several adult relatives live with them. The flowers bring in only a dollar or two a week.  Location:  New York, New York.

Photo by Lewis Hine, who documented child labor.

2 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

What strikes me is how old the lady looks at 55 when compared with a 55 years old today!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I agree, she looks to be much older than 55 - what a change in our lives - hard work like she probably had to do would have aged her, I'm sure. We have it easier, with so many of our conveniences.

I do like the photo and the story told.