Maine Historic photos, documents, and people

August, 1911

George Goodell, going home Sunday morning, after cutting a few boxes of sardines. When the work rushes, they have to work Sundays and nights, even the little ones. (See other photos.) Location: Eastpo

August, 1911

Adult packers in the Lawrence Canning Co., near Lubec, showing packing process. There are few children so used at this part of the work as yet, but are likely to be, as the process is cheapened. Locat

August, 1911

Butcher knife used by Ralph, a young cutter in a canning company and a badly cut finger. Several children working with him had cut fingers, and even the adults said they could not help cutting themselv

August, 1911

Packing sardines in Seacoast Canning Co., Factory #7, Eastport, Me. The Boss would not let nine year old Minnie pose, although she works with her mother, packing even far into the night. (See #2439.)

August, 1911

Group of young cutters, Seacoast Canning Co., Factory #2, waiting for more fish. They all work, but they waste a great deal of time as the adults do also, waiting for fish to arrive. Location: Eastpor

April, 1909

6 P.M. April 23, 1909. Sweepers, etc., in Hill and Bates Mills. Lewiston, Me. Boy next to right hand end is Jo. Been in Hill Mill 2 years (see photo 709). Only one or two could speak English. Location

April, 1909

6 P.M. April 23, 1909. Boys all work in Bates Mfg. Co., Lewiston, Me. Several of smallest have been there several years. Larger boys get $4 to $5 a week. Nearly any one could not speak English. Locati

April, 1909

6 P.M. April 23, 1909. A few of the young workers in Bates Mfg. Co., Lewiston, Me. Many more and younger. This mill is as bad as the average South Carolina mill in regard to child labor. Location: Lew

August, 1911

5 year old Preston, a young cartoner in a Maine Canning Co. I saw him at work different times during the day - at 7 a.m., in the afternoon and at 6 p.m., and he kept at it very faithfully for so young