November 1908, Chester, S.C

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This handsome young lad could easily have been my grandfather (same era and part of the country). How unimaginable our world would be to this little fellow. A photo by Lewis Hine: 

Chester, S.C. — Springstein Mills. Archie Love. Said (after hesitating), ‘I am 14 years old.’ Doesn’t look it. Been in mill three years. Worked nights five months at the start.

A poignant counterpoint to this shot, taken just a year later in Hartford.

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