Saturday, March 8, 2008

Child Coal Miner

This picture was taken in 1908, and shows a young boy working at the Turkey Knob Coal Mine near Macdonald, West Virginia. I am really captivated by these old pictures of children in such dire circumstances. The really sad thing to consider is that child labor remains a serious problem in many parts of the world. Sometimes when I buy cheap products at large discount chains I wonder how many times child labor was involved in their production.

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  1. I know when you think of it like that, it makes you feel guilty by how easy we live.

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  2. Learn which companies use irresponsible labor practices: http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/rs/

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  3. Any idea what that is on the boy's head?
    I still remember coal being dumped down into the basements of apartment buildings in Chicago to burn in the furnaces. And at this kid's age I hated and feared going underground even just to tour the working coal mine exhibit of the Museum of Science and Industry. When did America finally improve the child labor laws, I wonder.

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  4. That is one of the first ways they used lights underground. It was an old oil light. They would fill up the cans and light the wick. That is what is on his head. Coal mines has came along way since then, but it's still very dangerous. My Dad and My brother are coal miners, and my Husband is a mining engineer!

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  5. What is on his head is an old time lamp that they used. They would fill the cans and light the wick. This is a very old photo. Coal mines has came a long way since then. Thank God but it's still very dangerous. My Dad and my Brother are coal miners, and my husband is a mining engineer. I worry everyday about them all.

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  6. I have been captivated by this photo for some time, and recently came across the work of Lewis Hine, whose photographs resemble this one greatly. DO you know if he is the photographer responsible for this picture? If not, do you know who is?

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  7. The really sad thing about child labor is that if the child doesn't work, there will be no money for his/her to eat. Something to ponder....and pray about!!!!

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  8. youraveragenerdage12September 13, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    yes, this picture is by Lewis Hine, which i found in a book of his. a wonderful picture, i find it very interesting how the boy looks sad, but also proud that he is working at his age

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  9. I believe the thing on the child’s head is a type of kerosene headlamp, I have something similar looking to it that belonged to my grandfather who was a coal miner.

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  10. Your final comment about the overworked kid is horse pucky!((( The really sad thing to consider is that child labor remains a serious problem in many parts of the world.))))
    In the old days it was called apprenticeship and the kid learned a trade from which he could make a living, instead of sittin on his ass like the kids do today, playing thumb games and cramming pototochips into their fat lil faces. we can have a labor force in America again until we let the farm kids drive tractors and buck bales and feed the animals.

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