Boy Laborers: 1913

Boy Laborers: 1913

Description with photo: "Group outside Pittman Handle Factory. A fifteen year old boy operating a dangerous boring machine at which he said a boy recently bored half his hand off. To operate this machine (which bores a large hole in the spade handle) the boy has to throw his whole weight onto the lever which pushes the handle (and himself) up against the unprotected borer. A slip might easily result fatally. Boy earns $1.65 a day. This factory has a number of unprotected belts and dangerous machines. One other boy, about the age of this one, was doing all kind[s] of work, taking away the handles from a huge rip saw, etc., and constantly exposed to danger. Pittman Handle Factory, Denison, Tex. Location: Denison, Texas."

Photo by photographer Lewis Wickes Hine, 1913. Photographs from the records of the National Child Labor Committee. LOC original medium: photographic print.  You can also see this photo and 5000+ other child labour pictures by Lewis Wickes Hine at our sister site, www.lewishinephotographs.com.