Workin’ in West (by God) Virginny

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October 1908. Fairmont, West Virginia. “These boys (and one other small one) and their father work in Monongah Glass Works. Father gets $1.75 a day, one boy $1.25 a day, four get 80 cents. Total $6.20 a day. Live in a tumble-down house. What is the trouble?” Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

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    dieAntagonista
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    Damn. I lovelovelove this picture. I was so obviously born in the wrong time and country.

    MrPsychic
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    @dieAntagonista: You’d rather be working in a glass factory for barely any money?

    dieAntagonista
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    @MrPsychic: I’d rather live in a time where they took dope pictures like this. See the difference?

    Deleted_User
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    I think Dad is hiding a banana in his pants

    Puulaahi
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    Old pictures rule! Especially of people in destitute.

    Dreth
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    Today’s pictures will also be old in 80 years, and some rich girl will say “Oh man I wish I could have lived back then, with those 8.3 MP cameras, now we just have these holograms it’s not the same”.

    rattybad
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    $6 a day in 1908 sounds like they’re getting overpaid.

    tiki god
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    I love www.shorpy.com I’m subscribed to their RSS feed, and I’m sure to find a good image every day to add to my desktop folder 🙂



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