02 May 2010

Child labor

Josie, six year old, Bertha, six years old, Sophie, 10 years old, all shuck regularly. Maggioni Canning Co. Location: Port Royal, South Carolina. (source)
Lacy (12 yrs. old) and Savannah (11 yrs old) Have worked two years. Father said "The little one is a cracker jack on spinnin', at least so the boss says. She ain't satisfied unless in the mill. The oldest one isn't so good at it. Not as quick." (source)
Oldest girl, Minnie Carpenter... Spinner. Makes fifty cents a day of 10 hours. Works four sides. Younger girl works irregularly. Location: Gastonia, North Carolina. (source)
Millie Cornaro, Philadelphia, 10 years old. Been picking cranberries for 6 years... This is the fourth week of school and the people here expect to remain here two weeks more. Sept. 28, 1910. Witness, E. F. Brown. Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey. (source)

Hundreds more in the National Child Labor Committee Collection, in the Prints and Photographs catalog of the Library of Congress, via Uncertain Times.


  1. Some very moving photos! Unfortunately child-labour is not something from ancient times. Eating chocolate will never be the same after you've watched this BBC-documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njwSEoWyMqc

  2. Absolutely. And see this link -



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