At machine is Stanislaus Beauvais, has worked in spinning room for two years. Salem, Mass, October 1911

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This photo was taken by Lewis Wickes Hine (September 26, 1874 Oshkosh, Wisconsin– November 3, 1940) who was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform.

In 1908, Hine became the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. Over the next decade, Hine documented child labor in American industry to aid the NCLC’s lobbying efforts to end the practice. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States.

Over 1200 Lewis Hine photos are held in the collections of the National Archives. This photo is in the public domain and not for sale on this site. However, you may download this and similar photos from the National Archives album: Lewis Hine – The Progressive Era