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U.S. Cutting crew, 1911, Eastport, Maine. All these boys were cutters in the Seacoast Canning Company, Factory #7. Their ages ranged from 7 to 12. The seven year old boy in front, Byron Hamilton, has a badly cut finger, but helps his brother regularly. Behind him is his brother George, eleven years old. He cut his finger half off while working. At times they started work at 7am & worked all day & night until midnight. The work was very irregular. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine jj
Is this post-mortem? The mother's hands offer no support to her child. Even the one behind her back is curled into a fist. The natural position would have been to open-handedly lend support, as well as the mother's loving touch. The only thing is that the mother's face looks very alive.