January 1909. Macon, Georgia. “Some doffer boys.” For those of us rusty on our cotton mill terminology, the job entailed the removal (“doffing”) and replacement of thread bobbins when they were empty. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Commission. View full size.
November 1913. Kosciusko, Mississippi. “One of the workers (not the youngest) in the Kosciusko cotton mills. The superintendent objected to my photographing them.” Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
Little Fannie, 7 years old, 48 inches high, helps sister in Elk Mills. Her sister (in photo) said, “Yes, she he’ps me right smart. Not all day but all she can. Yes, she started with me at six this mornin’”… (LOC) (by The Library of Congress)