Amazing photographs of families from 1900s who worked from home!

The garment industry is one of the oldest and largest export industries. We often hear of sweatshops and under age workers in other countries, but there was a time in America when sweatshops were common as well as those who worked at home and required their children to assist in the work. The photographs below were taken by photojournalist, Lewis Wickes Hine in New York depict this time in our history.

Many children worked at home on clothing rather than attend school as can be seen in the photographs below.

1 P.M. Family of Onofrio Cottone, 7 Extra Pl., N.Y., finishing garments in a terribly run down tenement. The father works on the street. The three oldest children help the mother on garments. Joseph, 14, Andrew, 10, Rosie, 7, and all together they make about $2 a week when work is plenty. There are two babies. Location: New York City, New York January 1913garment New York story 1 Family of Onofrio Cottone, 7 Extra Pl., N.Y. January 1913 - Lewis Wicke Hine

 High up on the top floor of a rickety tenement, 214 Elizabeth St., N.Y., this mother and her two children, boy 10 years old and the girl 12, were living in a tiny one room, and were finishing garments. The garments were packed under the bed and on top of it and around the room. Said the make from $1 to $2 a week, and the boys [sic] earns some selling newspapers. I could not get their name. Location: New York City, New York January 1913garment 2 high up on a rickity floor New york, Lewis Wickes Hine

Three girls and a boy working on garments, February 1910Three girls and a boy working on garments February 1910 Lewis Wickes Hine

11:30 A.M. Jennie Rizzandi, 9 year old girl, helping mother and father finish garments in a dilapidated tenement, 5 Extra Pl., N.Y.C. They all work until 9 P.M. when busy, and make about $2 to $2.50 a week. Father works on street, when he has work. Jennie was a truant, “I staid home ’cause a lady was comin’. Location: New York City, New York January 1913garment I staid home cause lady a coming jan. 1913 lewis wicke hine

Garment Workers on East Side 4:30 P.M. Vincenzie, 14 years old. Jovannina, 9 years old. Michael, 5 years old. Location: New York, New York January 1910Garment workers - children January 1913

Man carrying bundle of garments. Bleeker St., N.Y. Location: New York, New York February 1912Man carrying bundle of garments. Bleeker St., N.Y. Location New York, New York January 1912

Old man carrying garments, Delaney St., N.Y. Location New York, New York Feb. 1912Old man carrying garments, Delaney St., N.Y. Location New York, New York Feb. 1912

Heavy loads of garments for home-work. Near Bleeker St., N.Y. Location New York, New York Feb. 1912Heavy loads of garments for home-work. Near Bleeker St., N.Y. Location New York, New York Feb. 1912

Informal garment and textile workers often experience isolation, invisibility and lack of power, especially those who produce from their homes.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

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