Child Miners with Mules

Child Miners with Mules

Children worked in American mines, just like they did in Europe and other parts of the world.  Lewis Hine documented some of those young workers as he traveled throughout Appalachia with his camera.

This picture, which Hine took in October of 1908, depicts child miners with their assigned mules.  Note the flaming lights on their helmets.

Click on the image - Hine 0141 - for a better view.

Media Credits

Photo by Lewis Hine, online courtesy Library of Congress.

The LOC provides the following information about the photo, including Hine's description:


Drivers in a Coal Mine Co.  Plenty boys driving and on tipple. No trappers used, as mine is ventilated by another system.  Location:  West Virginia.

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

Date Created/Published: 1908 October.

Medium: 1 photographic print.

Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-nclc-01064 (color digital file from b&w original print)  LC-USZ62-77134 (b&w film copy negative)

Call Number:  LOT 7477, no. 0141 [P&P]


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