Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday is a fun challenge that inspires bloggers by providing a visual prompt every week. Above we see a girl working in a shoe factory. In the left lower corner there’s an M so you can also use that to inspire you (e.g. money, manufacture, etc.).

I was compelled to find photos of girls working in factories in different eras and different countries.

Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. A Basket Factory, Evansville, Ind. Girls Making Melon Baskets.Location: Evansville, Indiana. Evansville Evansville. Indiana United States, 1908. October. Photograph.
A crowded room in a cigar factory, women and girls making cigars, Manila, Philippine Islands
. , ca. 1907. Photograph.
United States Office Of War Information, Bransby, David, photographer. Women aircraft workers. An experienced girl worker in a West Coast airplane factory trains a new girl in the use of a rivet-squeezing machine. Vega. Burbank Burbank. California Los Angeles County United States, 1942. May. Photograph.
Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. Girls working in Tampa, Fla., Box Factory. I saw 10 small boys and girls. Has had reputation for employment of youngsters but work is slack now.Location: Tampa, Florida
. Florida Tampa Tampa. United States, 1909. Photograph.

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7 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. You found some wonderful photos of women and girls working in factories. I know they must have been grateful to have jobs, but to stand or sit there making the same thing over and over again all day long and probably for not much of a salary. Whew!

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    • Boys and girls grew up fast. I’m now reading a Horatio Alger story called Phil the Fiddler. Yes, its formulaic, but it does reveal how parents sold their kids to Fagan’s in the US. I didn’t know about that.


  2. Lewis Hine took some of the most powerful and darkly beautiful photographs ever made. By documenting the abusive conditions where children were employed, his photos were instrumental in persuading lawmakers to pass child labor reforms. The cigar factory was once a very common industry in most American cities and towns. Recently I learned that many cigar factories employed one person to read books and newspapers to the cigar rollers as they worked since it was such a boring repetitive job.

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  3. A wonderful collection of photos about young women at work. Lewis Hine’s photos are remarkable and I believe they did much to aid the campaign for better factory conditions, ending child labor, etc.


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