[Boys Rolling Cigars, Engelhardt & Company, Tampa, Florida]
Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940)
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Phyllis D. Massar, 1970
Not on view
In 1908 Hine left his job as a sociology teacher to become an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. Often traveling incognito as an insurance inspector, Hine spent sixteen years visiting factories, mines, canneries, tenements, and sweatshops to document the plight of working children as young as four years old. Small contact prints like this one were distributed to the press; Hine’s images were also made into glass slides for projection during public lectures, and reproduced in NCLC publications.