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“Breaker Boys” removed rocks and other debris from the coal by hand as it passes beneath them. The dust is so dense at times as to obscure the view and penetrates the utmost recesses of the boys’ lungs. South Pittston, Pennsylvania. January 1911. There haven't been any kids in American coal mines since the child labor laws were passed around 80 years ago. Plus of course coal-sorting is automated and done by machines now. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

'Breaker boys' removed rocks and debris from coal as it passes beneath them, South Pittston, PA, 1911

Date: January 1911 Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania Breakers boys at work at the Pennsylvania Coal Co. A kind of slave-driver sometimes stood over the boys, prodding or kicking them into obedience. Image by Library of Congress / National Child Labor Committee Collection

30 Shocking Photos Of Child Labor Between 1908 And Date: January 1911 Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania Breakers boys at work at the Pennsylvania Coal Co. A kind of slave-driver sometimes stood over the boys, prodding or kicking them into obedience.

So sad....Child labor... a young mine worker in West Virginia, 1908. By Lewis Wickes Hine.

Lewis Wickes Hine, A young mine worker: Turkey Knob Coal Mine, Macdonald, West Virginia, 1908 So young to do such a hard job ~ Now days you would be reported to child labor American Honey A Country Girl

Maciej Dakowicz, From series Cardiff After Dark

Maciej Dakowicz - "Cardiff After Dark", at Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, 14 October - 2 December 2012

01:12 St Mary street by Maciej Dakowicz, via Flickr

01:12 St Mary street by Maciej Dakowicz, via Flickr

January 19, 1909. Macon, Georgia. "Some adolescents in Bibb Mill No. 1." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. This photo of young Southern girls was taken 102 years ago. My grandmother was born 1892; when she was 8 years old, she began work in a cotton mill (Pearle Mill, Elbert county, GA), in 1900.

The History Place - Child Labor in America Lewis Hine Photos - Faces of Lost Youth. Faces of Lost Youth: Adolescent girls from Bibb Mfg. in Macon, Georgia.

Josie, six year old, Bertha, six years old, Sophie, 10 years old. Maggioni Canning Co. Location: Port Royal, South Carolina, Lewis Hine, Febraury 1911

Josie and Bertha, six years old, and Sophie all shucked oysters regularly at the Maggioni Canning Co. in Port Royal, South Carolina, Child labor laws were lax at that time. Photo by Lewis Hine.