February 1910. Addie Card, 12 years old, anemic little spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill, Vermont. Girls in mill say she is ten years. She admitted to me she was twelve; that she started during school vacation and would "stay." by Lewis Wickes Hine. "It always amazes me to see kids working without shoes in factories where you would not dare to enter without workboots nowadays... how times change. I can't imagine not having shoes in a place like Vermont where it's warm only 3-4 months a…
This image features 12-year-old Addie Card, a spinner in a North Pownal Cotton Mill. Other young girls in mill told photographer Lewis Hine that she was ten years, but Hine reports that "she admitted to me she was twelve." She started work as a spinner during school vacation but told Hine she would stay, February 1910. Photo credit: Lewis Hine
Tracking Down Lewis Hine's Forgotten Child Laborers
<b><a href="http://www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/addiesearch1.html">Addie Card, spinner in cotton mill, 12 years old, North Pownal, Vermont, 1910.</a></b> <br><br> "anemic little spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill." —Hine's original caption<br><br> “She told me about how hard it was working in the mill, that she had to quit school in the fourth grade to go to work, about her father disowning her, and how it was so awful not to have your parents' love.” —Great-Granddaughter of Addie Card
Counting on Grace, a novel by Williamstown, MA author Elizabeth Winthrop. The book is about a twelve-year-old girl named Grace Forcier who is forced to leave school to work as a bobbin doffer in a cotton mill in North Pownal, VT. The story is written through the voice of Grace. With the help of their teacher, Grace and her friend, Arthur, write a letter to the National Child Labor Committee.