Times have changed for the world of education and technology over the past 100 years. Sure, that’s easy to say. But how can you visualize just how much things have changed? Thanks to the U.S. National Archives, there’s now photographs that will likely open your eyes.
In the early 20th century, photos were taken of children working with machines / technology as part of child labor. Controversy aside, the pictures are an interesting window into a much different time. Back then, businesses were free to use children for cheap work despite the dangerous conditions.
Today, students and children around the world still have a tight relationship with machines. Albeit a bit different now. These images below show just how far we’ve come.
A child in 1908 arriving for work in a mill to help her sister.
The children working at Cornell Mill in Fall River, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1912.
By 1911, Stanislaus Beauvais had already worked in this Massachusetts factory for two years.
Two little girls smile sweetly as they take a break from their jobs in a cotton mill in Tifton, Georgia, in 1909.
Street Bretzau, with a bandaged finger, was injured while working in the mule room of this Tennessee factory in 1910.
A hundred years earlier, in 1911, a young child in Yazoo City, Mississippi, works a spinner.
Some of the kids in this Macon, Georgia mill were so small they had to climb up into the machines to repair them.
Images courtesy of U.S. National Archives & Library of Congress via Gizmodo