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):

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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

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Chris Duggleby

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

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