We do a lot of photos of buildings, including the recent ones we did of Nashville. They’re great, but it’s time to share some cool old photos of people. Here is a great series of photos that we dug up at the Library of Congress, showing the regular people of Nashville in the early 1900s. These images are obviously taken well before any substantive child labor laws.
May Hosiery Mills. The boy is Harvey Curtis, 12 years old, turns stockings. Made $1.41 this week, out of which he paid sixty cents carfare.
Philip Weinstein, 8 years old, and an older boy who uses him as a decoy. Philip sells until 10 & 11 P.M. sometimes. Photo taken at 11 A.M. Philip said he player [sic?] hookey a week and they fired him. A good many young truants on the street those days.