Child labor in the early 20th century in the United States: old photos in color

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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

Child labor in color

One of the needy, Hull House, Chicago, 1910

Child labor in color

Roland, 11-year-old newspaper seller from Newark, New Jersey

Child labor in color

5-year-old Preston, young cartoonist, Eastport, Maine, August 17, 1911

Child labor in color

9-year-old Johnny removes mussels from shells under the supervision of his boss. Dunbar, Louisiana, March 1911

Child labor in color

Michael McNilis, 8, newspaper seller, Pennsylvania, June 1910

Child labor in color

Jenny Camillo, 8-year-old cranberry collecter, Pemberton, New Jersey, 1910

Child labor in color

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.

Child labor in color

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

Child labor in color

And this is how it should be: a boy studying, 1924

Child labor in color


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