10 Haunting Colorized Photos of Child Labors in Early 20th Century America

Child labor was a huge problem for the United States of America. Here is an interesting information; In 1900, 18 percent of all American workers were younger than 16. One man was one of the flagbearers for the child labor cause, photographer Lewis Hine(previously here). Even though he was threatened with violence or even death since the industry was trying to keep child labor hidden from the public, he never gave up and photographed working child by disguising.

The efforts of Lewis Hine were revolutionary and very efficient in changing child labor laws in the USA. However, we know that black and white photographs are not as interpretive as they were in the 1900s. That’s why Tom Marshall, the professional photo colorizer who owns the website PhotograFix, He said that his favorite photographer was Lewis Hine. Well, we can clearly see how amazing it could be if a photo colorizer and his legendary inspirer meets. Hine’s radical documentary photography works are now more penetrating our souls.

One of the underprivileged, Hull House, Chicago, 1910

colorized photos of child labors

Roland, an 11-year-old newsboy from Newark, New Jersey

colorized photos of child labors

Raymond Klose (middle), newsboy, 13 years old, St. Louis, Missouri US, 1910

colorized photos of child labors

5-year-old Preston, a young cartooner in Eastport, Maine, 17th August 1911

colorized photos of child labors

Boy studying, ca. 1924

colorized photos of child labors

9-year-old Johnnie and the shucking-boss, in Dunbar, Louisiana, March 1911

colorized photos of child labors

Michael McNelis, age 8, a newsboy

colorized photos of child labors

Jennie Camillo, an 8-year-old cranberry picker, Pemberton, New Jersey, 1910

colorized photos of child labors

12-year-old newsboy Hyman Alpert, who had been selling newspapers for 3 years when this photo was taken in March 1909, in New Haven, Connecticut

colorized photos of child labors

This photo show garment workers Katrina De Cato (6), Franco Brezoo (11) Maria Attreo (12) and her sister Mattie Attreo (5) at 4 pm, 26th January 1910 in New York City

colorized photos of child labors

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