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In the Playtime of Others: Child Labor in the Early 20th Century

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This 1988 issue of From Art to Zoo includes activities related to the work and working conditions of child laborers in the early twentieth century. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

Worker in Cotton Mill, Rhode Island, 1909

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Group of Coal Mine Workers, Pennsylvania, 1911

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Group Unpacking Tomato Cans, Indianapolis, 1908

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Laundry Girl • New Orleans, LA

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Blacksmith's Apprentice, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Views of Thomasville and Vicinity: 86 Picking Cotton

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Boy at Loom, Cotton Mill, Indiana, 1908

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Group of Coal Mine Workers, Pennsylvania, 1911

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Newsboys, New Jersey, 1909

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Peanut Vender

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Night shift leaving for home

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Newsboy, Florida, 1913

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Basket Seller, Cincinatti, Ohio, 1908

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Factory Workers, Indiana, 1908

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