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01 September 2011

January 22, 1909. Tifton, Georgia. "Family working in the Tifton Cotton Mill. Mrs. A.J. Young works in mill and at home. Nell (oldest girl) alternates in mill with mother. Mammy (next girl) runs 2 sides. Mary (next) runs 1 sides.[More:] Elic (oldest boy) works regularly. Eddie (next girl) helps in mill, sticks on bobbins. Four smallest children not working yet. The mother said she earns $4.50 a week and all the children earn $4.50 a week. Husband died and left her with 11 children. Two of them went off and got married. The family left the farm two years ago to work in the mill."

Be sure to look at the first comment after this photo, showing a shot of some of the Youngs eating at a table, contrasted with a shot of a woman and her children in a diner in 1964. Very insightful of that commenter.
There's a comment by Joe Manning saying that he's tracked down the Young family and will be posting about them on his site. I clicked on his site and then on his Lewis Hine Project link and read the story about Addie Card. Very interesting story!
posted by deborah 01 September | 15:40
That weren't no easy life. Strong people.
posted by flapjax at midnite 01 September | 21:42
What little tricks did you learn the hard way? || Techie Bunnies, reassure me please.

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