Child Miners - 12-Year Old Performs Heavy Labor

Child Miners-12-Year Old Performs Heavy Labor

Lewis Hine took numerous photographs of child miners during the early 1900s.  He took this picture - of James O'Dell, a boy of about 12 - during October of 1908. 

Click on the image - Hine photo 1916 - for an expanded view.

Media Credits

Lewis Hine photo, online courtesy Library of Congress.

The LOC provides the following additional information about this photograph:


Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy.  James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co. in the vicinity of Coal Creek, Tenn.  James has been there four months.  Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old.  Location: Coal Creek, Tennessee.

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

Date Created/Published: 1910 December.

Medium: 1 photographic print.

1 negative:  glass;  5 x 7 in.

Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-nclc-01105 (color digital file from b&w original print)

LC-DIG-nclc-05466 (b&w digital file from original glass negative)

Call Number: LOT 7477, no. 1916 [P&P] LC-H5- 1916


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