Historian solves mystery of iconic 1908 child-labor photo
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — She was a little girl of 9 or 10, staring out a window in the Lincolnton, N.C., cotton mill where she worked.
Lewis Hine — the father of American documentary photography — captured the haunting image of the too-young textile employee in 1908.
It became one of the historic pictures among more than 5,000 he made while working for the National Child Labor Committee, documenting abuses of child-labor laws in textiles and other industries.
Most of Hine’s caption information included names, but the Lincolnton girl was identified only as a “spinner” at Rhodes Manufacturing. A second photo of her in the same mill with an older girl and a woman also had no names....
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