These boys were 11 years old and had been working atthe mills for one year already. They were asked to climb up and fix the threads.
One of the spinners in Whitnel Cotton Mill. She was 51 inches high and has been in the mill one year. Sometimes she works at night. Runs 4 sides - 48 cents a day. When asked how old she was, she hesitated, then said, "I dont remember," then added confidentially, "Im not old enough to work, but do just the same." Out of 50 employees, there were ten children about her size. Whitnel, N.C.
“Newsies”Often as young as 10 years old, often worked until 10 at night.
Tony Casale, age 11, has been selling 4 years. He sometimes sells until 10 p.m. His boss at the paper told me the boy had shown him the marks on his arm where his father had bitten him for not selling more papers. He (the boy) said, "Drunken men say bad words to us." Hartford, Conn.
View of the Ewen Breaker of the Pennsylvania Coal Company. The dust was so dense at times as to obscure the view. This dustpenetrated the utmost recesses of the boys lungs. A kind of slave- driver sometimes stands over the boys, prodding or kicking them into obedience. S. Pittston, Pa.
Young boys in a cigar factory, most of the youngsters began smoking as early as 9 years old.
Seafood factory workers, began work as early as 3:30 am and went until 5 p.m.
After 9 p.m., 7 year old Tommie Nooman demonstrating the advantages of the Ideal necktie Form in a store window on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. His father said, "He is the youngestdemonstrator in America. Has been doing it for several years from San Francisco, to New York. We stay a month or six weeks in a place. He works at it off and on." Remarks from the by-standers were not having the best effect on Tommie.
Workers picking nuts in a dirty New York City basement . The dirtiest imaginable children were pawing over the nuts eating lunch on the table. Mother had a cold and blew her nose frequently (without washing her hands)and the dirty handkerchiefs reposed comfortably on table close to the nuts and nut meats. The father picks as well.