Alabama Historic photos, documents, and people

June 1, 2018

Being a good Southern Baptist girl raised in Anniston Alabama this was my first picture of me in a bathing suit at age 13. At this time most of the girls wore one pieces that truly "covered us up" Oxfo

October, 1914

Postal messenger #6. Said he was 14, but he does not seem to be. Frail, tiny and stunted. Works until 11 P.M. Says he goes to the Red Light some, and gets 25 cents extra then. Location: Montgomery, Al

December, 1913

Charlie Foster has a steady job in the Merrimack Mills. School Record says he is now ten years old. His father told me that he could not read, and still he is putting him into the mill. See Hine report

February, 1911

Small boy on the floor is Johnnie Schraker, 8 years old, earns 45 cents a day, been at it three years. Note how they stand on the rough, sharp shells. Alabama Canning Co.,. Location: Bayou La Batre, A

February, 1911

Little Nettie ?, a regular oyster-shucker in Alabama Canning Co. She speaks no English. Note the condition of her shoes, caused by standing on the rough shells so much, a common sight. Location: Bayou

February, 1911

Mike Murphy, ten years old. Annie Healy, seven years old. Ross Healy, ten years old, and been at it two years. From Baltimore. Regular shuckers in Alabama Canning Co. Location: Bayou La Batre, Alabama

November, 1910

Three youngsters in Avondale Mills. Boy in middle, John Douglas said, "I've been to school my eight weeks. Work now. Been workin' a year." (None of them, even the tiniest, would admit being under twelv

November, 1910

Noon hour, Avondale Mills. The next day, Nov. 24th, I went through the mills during working hours and saw this young girl and six others like her working in the spinning and weave rooms. Location: Bir

December, 1913

The whole force of workers in the cotton mills of Stevenson, Ala. Several of them are apparently under twelve, but could not get the ages. Photo posed by the general manager. Location: Stevenson, Alab