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If you needed Child Labour information from the turn of the last century

In neighborhood of Maple Mill, Dillon, S.C. Lawrence Faircloth (taller boy) "Don't know how old I am." Been in mill 2 years. Runs 3 sides Albert Bartlett (barefoot) Looked 8 years old. In mill 2 years--Beginning to spin. Runs 2-1/2 sides = 25 cents a day.

Lewis Hine took a large number of photographs of children working in various places in the US, many of them well under age. The photos date from around 1908, and the children working range from 3 years to 17. No, that is not a typo.

It's a set on Flickr, and would be useful for stories where you're wondering how much a paperboy earned (and what would be a reasonable tip for a messenger), whether to send your orphan girl into the mills, or what the children of immigrant farmers would do.
Tags: #resources, 1890-1899, 1900-1909, usa: history (misc)

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