15 Apr '13, 8am

Haunting pics of child labour working the textile mills in 'the old days'. How things have changed! via @Ecouterre

“Jewel and Harold Walker, 6 and 5 years old, pick 20 to 25 pounds of cotton a day” in Comanche County, Okla., 1916. HISTORY IN PICTURES For nearly two decades, Hine traveled the country with with a 5×7-inch box camera, outdated even by 1904 standards, an old-fashioned bulb shutter, glass-plate negatives, and magnesium flash powder for illumination. Hine courted suspicion from business owners, supervisors, and workers wherever he went, at times risking real, physical danger. “He would set the camera on its rickety wooden tripod, focus the lens, insert the glass plate, dust his flashpan with powder, and with his own gestures and looks try to encourage the pose and expressions he wanted,” wrote Russell Freedman in Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor (Sandpiper, 1998). “Then he would raise the flashpan and ignite the powder…One shot was all he had. The...

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