Young Boys Abused For Coal And Glass

Young Boys Abused For Coal And Glass: One of my hobbies is to unearth interesting vintage pics – often over 100 years old. Where appropriate I recondition the originals to try and recreate what I think the photographer would have seen. This page features some stunning photos that are interesting from both a social and historical standpoint. The theme is child abuse for labour in the coal mines and glass factories of the USA circa 1910. A video has also been prepared for which I have composed a piece of music to accompany the slide show.

Very Young, 9 or 10 yr old, Boy ‘Novice’ Being ‘Broken-in’ by his Glass Manufacturing Boss at Morgantown, W. Va

Below you will find the vintage photographs – they detail how young boys were exploited and abused by the coal and glass industries. Most of the original pictures are over 100 years old and are enhanced to improve clarity whilst maintaining detail and character. You can either scroll through the photos, clicking on any individual picture to enlarge it, or use my YouTube video below which has a slide show of these photos (and many more) set to music.

The Gallery (click on the photos to see higher definition versions):

Young Boys Unscrupulously Exploited and Abused By Management At Woodward Coal Mines, Kingston, Pa - c1900
Young Boys Unscrupulously Exploited and Abused By Management At Woodward Coal Mines, Kingston, Pa – c1900
Boys Exploited At Pennsylvania Coal Co 1911
Boys Exploited At Pennsylvania Coal Co 1911
Young Boys Having Their Lungs Poisoned at the Pennsylvania Coal Co Breaker 1911
Young Boys Having Their Lungs Poisoned at the Pennsylvania Coal Co Breaker 1911
Coal Breaker Overseers Abused Boys With A Stick To Ensure Obedience 1911
Coal Breaker Overseers Abused Boys With A Stick To Ensure Obedience 1911
Boys Working In Pennsylvania Anthracite Mine 1913
Boys Working In Pennsylvania Anthracite Mine 1913
Poisonous Dust Penetrated Children's Lungs in Pennsylvania Breaker 1911
Poisonous Dust Penetrated Children’s Lungs in the Pennsylvania Breaker 1911
Lunch Break in Ewen Breaker in South Pittston, PA 1911
Lunch Break in Ewen Breaker in South Pittston, PA 1911
James Leonard and Stanley Rasmus Pose For a Photograph at the Pennsylvania Coal Co 1911
James Leonard and Stanley Rasmus Pose For a Photograph at the Pennsylvania Coal Co 1911
Pittston PA Coal Breaker Tom Vitol - nearly 14 Years Old 1911
Pittston PA Coal Breaker Tom Vitol – nearly 14 Years Old 1911
Angelo Ross 13(ish) Years An Experienced Coal Breaker in Pennsylvania 1911
Angelo Ross 13 (ish) Years of Age – An Experienced Coal Breaker in Pennsylvania 1911 (many boys exaggerated their age to get jobs and early promotion)
Angelo Ross 13(ish) with Work Colleagues at Breaker #9, Hughestown, PA
Angelo Ross 13 (ish) with some Work Colleagues at Breaker #9, Hughestown, PA
Sam Belloma (left) 14(ish) already had 2 yrs experience as a Pittston Coal Breaker
Sam Belloma (left) 14 (ish) already had 2 yrs experience as a Pittston Coal Breaker
Coal Breakers: Philip Kurato (12 yrs) Jo Tabone (says he's 14) and Charlie Bootha (nearly 12)
Coal Breakers: Philip Kurato (12 yrs) Jo Tabone (says he’s 14) and Charlie Bootha (nearly 12)
Kohinor Mine Coal Breaker Boys, Shenandoah City, PA 1891
Kohinor Mine Coal Breaker Boys, Shenandoah City, PA 1891
Breaker Boys At Pennsylvania Coal Co, Pittston, 1911
Breaker Boys At Pennsylvania Coal Co, Pittston, 1911
Woodward Coal Breaker Boys, Kingston, PA c1895
Woodward Coal Breaker Boys, Kingston, PA c1895
Boy on Night Shift At Indiana Glass Works 1908
Boy on Night Shift At Indiana Glass Works 1908
Midnight With The Boys At The Glass Works in Indiana 1908
Midnight With The Boys At The Glass Works in Indiana 1908
Glass Works Boy 16 (ish) Close Up Photo Demonstrating Damage to his 'Protective' Clothing 1908
Glass Works Boy 16 (ish) Close Up Photo Demonstrating Damage to his ‘Protective’ Clothing 1908
Carrying-in Boys' Working at Midnight in the Indiana Glass Works 1908
‘Carrying-in Boys’ Working at Midnight in the Indiana Glass Works 1908
August At 1.00 A.M. - Small 'Carrying-in Boys' Busy At Work Indiana 1908
August At 1.00 A.M. – Small ‘Carrying-in Boy’ Busy At Work Indiana 1908
Night Shift 'Mold Boy' - He Gets 1 hr rest between 2 x 4.5 hrs Work Periods in this cramped sitting position
Night Shift ‘Mold Boy’ – He Could Take Upto 1 hr Rest Between 2 x 4.5 hrs Periods Working in this Cramped Sitting Position
The Lehr Glass Factory in Grafton, W. Va. - 'Carrying in Boy'
The Lehr Glass Factory in Grafton, W. Va. – ‘Carrying in Boy’
Midnight Child Labour in the Glass Works at Grafton, W. Va 1908
Midnight Child Labour in the Glass Works at Grafton, W. Va 1908
Young Boy Working on the Night Shift - Reheating Glass Objects in the 'Glory Hole' in Grafton 1908
Young Boy Working on the Night Shift – Reheating Glass Objects in the ‘Glory Hole’ in Grafton 1908
This 'Carrying-In' Boy, 15 yrs old, was paid $1.25 for 9 hrs of Night Work at the Lehr Glass Works 1908
This ‘Carrying-In’ Boy, 15 yrs old, was paid $1.25 for 9 hrs of Night Work at the Lehr Glass Works 1908
A 'Mold Boy' Sits Beneath the 'Blower' at the Seneca Glass Works, Morgantown, W. Va 1908
A ‘Mold Boy’ Sits Beneath the ‘Blower’ at the Seneca Glass Works, Morgantown, W. Va 1908
Small Boy at Northwood Glass Co, Wheeling, W. Va 1908
Small Boy at Northwood Glass Co, Wheeling, W. Va 1908
Several Young Boys in the Central Glass Co, Wheeling, W. Va
Several Young Boys in the Central Glass Co, Wheeling, W. Va
Very Young 'Mold Boy' Working With 'Blower' at Central Glass Co, Wheeling, W. Va
Very Young ‘Mold Boy’ Working With ‘Blower’ at Central Glass Co, Wheeling, W. Va
Glass Boys 'en mass' working in West Virginia in 1908
Glass Boys ‘en mass’ working in West Virginia in 1908
Very Young, 9 or 10 yr old, Boy 'Novice' Being 'Broken-in' by his Glass Manufacturing Boss at Morgantown, W. Va
Very Young, 9 or 10 years old, Boy ‘Novice’ Being ‘Broken-in‘ by his Glass Manufacturing Boss at Morgantown, W. Va
Boys Finishing Their Shift At the Monongah Glass Works, Fairmont, W. Va 1908
Boys Finishing Their Shift At the Monongah Glass Works, Fairmont, W. Va 1908
A 12 Year Old Boy Finishes His Shift at the Monongah Glass Co, Fairmont, W. Va
A 12 Year Old Boy Finishes His Shift at the Monongah Glass Co, Fairmont, W. Va
This is One Of 10 Small Boys Working In Just One Department At the Citizens Glass Co, Evansville, Ind
This is One Of 10 Small Boys Working In Just One Department At the Citizens Glass Co, Evansville, Ind
80c per Day Was Paid to 'Carrying Boy' Bill, 14 (ish) Years of Age by Conton Glass Works, Marion, Ind 1908
80 cents per Day Was Paid to ‘Carrying Boy’ Bill, 14 (ish) Years of Age by Conton Glass Works, Marion, Ind 1908
Close Up Photograph Of 'Carrying In' Boy Bill On His Way To Work in the Canton Glass Works 1908
Close Up Photograph Of ‘Carrying In’ Boy Bill On His Way To Work in the Canton Glass Works 1908
Young Boy at Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
Young Boy at Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
Edwin Cope, 13 yrs, At The 'Glory Hole' of Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
Edwin Cope, 13 yrs, At The ‘Glory Hole’ of Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
Boy at Work in a Bridgeton N.J. Glass Works 1909
Boy at Work in a Bridgeton N.J. Glass Works 1909
Midnight With 4 Small Boys Working At The Bridgeton Glass Works, N.J. 1909
Midnight With 4 Small Boys Working At The Bridgeton Glass Works, N.J. 1909
Night Shift at Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
Night Shift at Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
Young Boy On the Night Shift At A New Jersey Glass Works 1909
Young Boy On the Night Shift At A New Jersey Glass Works 1909
14 Years Old 'Carrying In Boy' For Wormser's Glass House, Pittsburgh, Pa 1913
14 Years Old ‘Carrying In Boy’ For Wormser’s Glass House, Pittsburgh, Pa 1913
A 'Mold Holding Boy' on the Left and a 'Carrying In Boy' on the Right In Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
A ‘Mold Holding Boy’ on the Left and a ‘Carrying In Boy’ on the Right In Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
Howard at the age of 15 Already Has 2 yrs Experience At The New Jersey Glass House 1909
Howard at the age of 15 Already Had 2 yrs Experience At The New Jersey Glass House 1909
A 'Carrying In Boy' who Works Alternate Day and Night Shrifts At Alexandria Glass Factory, Va 1911
A ‘Carrying In Boy’ who Worked Alternate Day and Night Shrifts At Alexandria Glass Factory, Va 1911
Frank Clark (left) and Ashby Corbin (right) - Two 'Carrying In Boys' who work Night Shifts 1911
Frank Clark (left) and Ashby Corbin (right) – Two ‘Carrying In Boys’ who Worked Night Shifts 1911

For many of the images on these pages I am indebted to the work of Lewis Wickes Hine (1874 – 1940) a pioneer in the use of the camera as an instrument of social change in the USA.

In case you now need cheering up a bit why not listen to the play-list for my album ‘Electro Baroque‘ (also available on iTunes using the link here)? Classical music using modern instruments:

or if you prefer try my electronic music album ‘Studio Valiumm‘ here are the videos (also on iTunes using the link here):

More info about my music is at the dedicated website www.TRANSFORMATES.com

To view other vintage photo collections or see the videos just click on the headings below:

Bike Boys – vintage Bicycles and Cyclists

Ghost Children – Child Labour

This collection is constantly developing so please visit the ChrisDuggleby.com site again.

Chris Duggleby

Edwin Cope, 13 yrs, At The ‘Glory Hole’ of Cumberland Glass Works, Bridgeton, N.J. 1909
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