child labor

The Likeness of Labor

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Episode 24:   On this episode I talk to Christopher Oliver, curator of the Likeness of Labor exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We talk about the haunting history of child labor in the early U.S.

Obj. No. 75.60 Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874–1940) Addie Card, 12 Years, Spinner in Cotton Mill, Vermont, 1910 Silver gelatin print 4 11/16” × 3⅝”W 11.91 cm × 9.21 cm Image must be credited with the following collection and photo credit lines: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Virginia Museum Art Purchase Fund Digital photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Ultimate trust…

75.54; Lewis W. Hine, American, 1874 – 1940 (Artist); Italian Madonna, Ellis Island; 1905; silver gelatin print; Sheet: 7 × 5 in. (17.78 × 12.7 cm) Image: 6 11/16 × 4 7/8 in. (16.99 × 12.38 cm); Virginia Museum Art Purchase Fund; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

 

A man hides his rotten teeth with a callused hand…

Obj. No. 89.28 Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965) Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940 Gelatin silver print 10⅜”H x 13⅜”W 26.35 cm x 33.97 cm Image must be credited with the following collection and photo credit lines: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund. Digital photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

 

Obj. No. 2011.17 Wright Morris (American, 1910–1998) Uncle Harry Entering Barn, 1947 Gelatin silver print Sheet: 10”H × 8”W (25.4 cm × 20.32 cm) Image: 9⅝”H × 7⅝”W (24.45 cm × 19.37 cm) signed on verso Wright Morris Image must be credited with the following collection and photo credit lines: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Floyd D. and Anne C. Gottwald Fund Digital photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts