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Photo of Ordinary's Certificate for Curtis Wynn, 9 years old (and therefore illegal). The Deputy Clerk told me "That was likely a clerical error." but I found five of these "errors" issued to children under 10 years old, one for a child aged 8. (The latter was later marked 'Void' but none of the rest were.) Rolly's teacher told me the family had moved, but that the boy was a mere baby with a lisp. The issuing of the certificates is very unbusinesslike. (See Vaughn's Report, Georgia. The Ordinary said, "I'm a practical man! The cotton mill people are the poorest paid workers in the country. They have to put their children into the mills." Location: [Columbus?], Georgia.

By photographer. 1874-1940 Lewis Wickes Hine


Title from NCLC caption card.Attribution to Hine based on provenance.In album: Mills.Hine no. 3448-A.No date or location recorded on caption card; based on captions for photos with neighboring numbers. Phrases "9 years old" and "have to" underlined on caption card

Topics: Child laborers., Permits.
Year: 1913
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