Historic Photography Cabinet

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About this Image Cabinet

The focus of this collection is to share historic photos with the community, many of which are dated pre-1923, but all completely free of copyright or under a Creative Commons license. Images will be used from The National Archives, The Library of Congress and other providers of copyright free historic photography. If any of the photos are distributed under a Creative Commons license, those photos will be shared with full attribution and a link to the license agreement.

Lewis Hine Collection

Educated at the University of Chicago, Columbia University and New York University, Lewis Hine (1874-1940) was a sociologist, and photographer. Hine focused his photographic work on macro public issues to foster social and political reform. Hine's many projects include work on immigration at Ellis Island, child labor, the construction of the Empire State Building and the economic and social impact of the Great Depression. The project includes a selection of photographs Mr. Hine captured.

Child Labor Series

Lewis Hine became a staff photographer for the National Child Labor Committee and traveled across much of the southern and eastern states documenting the working conditions of factories, fields, mines, mills and canneries which made use of child labor. The results of Hine's photographic pursuits eventually led to the establishment of child labor and safety laws for all workers.'[1]

Breaker Boys, Pennsylvania 1911

The Miners Son | Titanic Tragedy - Newsboys | 1911 Stan Beauvais | The Teixiera Family | Harvesting Berries | Willie Tear | Wilber H. Woodward | The Apprentice | Shrimp Picking Crew | Breaker Boys Pennsylvania 1911 | The Shining | The Trolley Ride | The Mad Hatter | The Snack Cart Vendor | Trenton Ten Pin | Cigar City Roller | Rock Creek Berries | The Spinners | Desperate Lives & Baskets

Other Projects or Current Events Photographed by Hine

Top of the World, Construction of the Empire State Building 1930

Top Of The World | Edgar Coffman | The Check-Up

This concludes the selected work of photographer Lewis Hine.

Elizabeth "Bess" Wallace

She would later marry Harry S Truman and become First Lady of the United States of America.

Bess Wallace
Young Bess Wallace (left) & her friend, Mary Paxton 1901

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  1. Troncale, Anthony T., The New York Public Library; About Lewis Wickes Hine; New York, NY; accessed 10 Dec 2016.

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A wonderful and interesting page. Thank you.
posted by Paula (Hawkins) Reinke
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