This photo is part of a collection from Lewis Hine, who documented child labor in the early 20th century. This photos was a 12 year old working in cotton/textile. Most of the children that worked in these mills had major health problem, sometimes causing death, from breathing in the lint that floated heavily in the air.

February 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.

The Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 1941, photograph by Bert Hardy for the Picture Post.

The Gorbals, Glasgow, Bert Hardy/Getty Images. Picture Post published an article about a working class district of Glasgow which it described as 'The Forgotten Gorbals'. Mary 16 year old bakery worker was the most powerful of all the images.

In Pearl St (now Calvin St) - Spitafields Nippers - photographs taken by Horace Warner in Spitalfields at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Around photographer Horace Warner took a series of portraits of some of the poorest people in London - creating relaxed, intimate imag.

Two young 'street urchins' in Redcrosstreet ,London. 1901 (Google search)

Two young 'street urchins' in Redcrosstreet ,London. 1901 Abject poverty in Victorian Era London, before social reform and the welfare of children were taken into consideration as official public policy

Barefooted children in the dirty and damp streets of the Gorbals, Glasgow, 1912 (Photo: Tony Currie)

Barefooted children in the dirty and damp streets of the Gorbals, Glasgow, 1912 (Photo: Tony Currie)

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