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"Jewel and Harold Walker, 6 and 5 years old, pick 20 to 25 pounds of cotton a day" in Comanche County, Okla., 1916.

[ child miner, circa 1900 ] Next time you think you're having a bad day at the office…

+~+~ Antique Photograph ~+~+ Gaggle of adorable siblings all in white. 1916.

Donald Mallick (child laborer) By Lewis Hine

Part of a group of itinerant cotton pickers leaving a farm at which they had finished picking a bale and a half a day. They live in these wagons. Note how many children - all pick except the baby in arms. The four year old picks fifteen pounds a day regularly. Seven year old boy picks fifty pounds a day. Farm near McKinney, Texas. 1913

child cotton picker | foto: lewis w. hine

we must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny - and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation ― carol bellamy | eight year old coal miner | usa, early 1900s

10-year old Chinese soldier (1944), so young...

Lewis Hine photographing children, ca. 1910

tub washer with wringer - In 1956, my mother got one with an "automatic release" button in case your hand started to go through the ringer!!

Comanche Woman and Child by Wisconsin Historical Images, via Flickr