Child Labor - Shoeless Children

Child Labor-Shoeless Children

Children, working in various industries, often had no shoes. 

These child laborers - outside the mill which employed them, in Gastonia, North Carolina - worked barefoot in the textile industry.  Most of them were covered with residue from the mill's processes.

Click on the image - Hine photo 0261 - for a better view.

Media Credits

Lewis Hine photo, online courtesy Library of Congress.

The LOC provides additional detail about the photo, including a description by Lewis Hine:


Closing hour, Loray Mill, Gastonia, N.C.  One of the smallest boys said he had been in mill 2 or 3 years (and is 12 years old).  Location: Gastonia, North Carolina.

Creator(s): Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer

Date Created/Published: 1908 November.

Medium: 1 photographic print.

Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-nclc-01356 (color digital file from b&w original print)

 LC-USZ62-68186 (b&w film copy negative)

Call Number:  LOT 7479, v. 1, no. 0261 [P&P]


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