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When I was a teacher we used this picture to teach kids about using photos as sources and the evidence from this one was basically that working conditions for kids then were dangerous af
In those days conditions for ALL workers were outrageous. We tend to forget that ‘children" in those days just meant "workers who fit into small spaces. I remember my grandmother talking about working at the age of 6 (around the time of this photo) alongside her mother in the cotton mills of Lancaster, England. He job was to work UNDER the looms to clean up the fluff hopefully before it could catch fire. No, they didnt shut down the machinery " the kiddeess knew to stay out of the way" She knew a couple of kids who grew too fast, got too big, and got caught in the machinery. Future Grandfather was a couple years older and one of his jobs WAS adjusting linkages while being hung upside-down by his feet.
Joy joy. Its a wonder any of us were ever born.