The American photographer Lewis Hein in the early 20th century documented the lives of children from poor families who had to go to work from an early age.
Some of his photographs these days have been restored and painted by Tom Marshall, a specialist in photo colorization. “The Hain photos are perfect for this purpose,” says Marshall. “They are very attractive, sharp and focused, and adding color really helps to revive them.”
Raymond Klose (in the middle), 13, newspaper seller, St. Louis, Missouri, 1910
One of the needy, Hull House, Chicago, 1910
Roland, 11-year-old newspaper seller from Newark, New Jersey
5-year-old Preston, young cartoonist, Eastport, Maine, August 17, 1911
9-year-old Johnny removes mussels from shells under the supervision of his boss. Dunbar, Louisiana, March 1911
Michael McNilis, 8, newspaper seller, Pennsylvania, June 1910
Jenny Camillo, 8-year-old cranberry collecter, Pemberton, New Jersey, 1910
A 12-year-old seller of newspapers Hyman Alpert, March 1909, New Haven, Connecticut. By this time, he had been selling newspapers for 3 years.
Workers in the repair and tailoring workshop: Katrina de Kato (6 years old), Franco Brezu (11 years old), Maria Attreo (12 years old) and her sister Matti Attreo (5 years old), New York, January 26, 1910
And this is how it should be: a boy studying, 1924