Photo, Print, Drawing Accident to young cotton mill worker. Giles Edmund Newsom (Photo October 23rd, 1912) while working in Sanders Spinning Mill, Bessemer City, N.C., August 21st, 1912, a piece of the machine fell on to his foot mashing his toe. This caused him to fall on to a spinning machine and his hand went into the unprotected gearing, crushing and tearing out two fingers. He told the Attorney he was 11 years old when it happened. His parents are now trying to make him 13 years old. The school census taken at the time of the accident makes him12 years (parents' statement) and school records say the same. His school teacher thinks he is 12. His brother (see photo 3071) is not yet 11 years old. Both of the boys worked in the mill several months before the accident. His father, (R.L. Newsom) tried to compromise with the Company when he found the boy would receive the money and not the parents. The mother tried to blame the boys for getting jobs on their own hook, but she let them work several months. The aunt said "Now he's jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma an' then this happens and he can't never work no more like he oughter." Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina.

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Title
Accident to young cotton mill worker. Giles Edmund Newsom (Photo October 23rd, 1912) while working in Sanders Spinning Mill, Bessemer City, N.C., August 21st, 1912, a piece of the machine fell on to his foot mashing his toe. This caused him to fall on to a spinning machine and his hand went into the unprotected gearing, crushing and tearing out two fingers. He told the Attorney he was 11 years old when it happened. His parents are now trying to make him 13 years old. The school census taken at the time of the accident makes him12 years (parents' statement) and school records say the same. His school teacher thinks he is 12. His brother (see photo 3071) is not yet 11 years old. Both of the boys worked in the mill several months before the accident. His father, (R.L. Newsom) tried to compromise with the Company when he found the boy would receive the money and not the parents. The mother tried to blame the boys for getting jobs on their own hook, but she let them work several months. The aunt said "Now he's jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma an' then this happens and he can't never work no more like he oughter." Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina.
Contributor Names
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer
Created / Published
1912 October 23.
Subject Headings
-  Boys.
-  Textile mill workers.
-  Wounds & injuries.
-  Accidents.
-  United States--North Carolina--Bessemer City.
-  North Carolina--Bessemer City
Format Headings
Photographic prints.
Notes
-  Title from NCLC caption card.
-  Attribution to Hine based on provenance.
-  In album: Mills.
-  Hine no. 3072.
-  In phrase "when he found the boy," the word boy is underlined on the caption card.
-  General information about the Lewis Hine child labor photos is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.nclc
Medium
1 photographic print.
Call Number/Physical Location
LOT 7479, v. 5, no. 3072 [P&P]
Source Collection
Photographs from the records of the National Child Labor Committee (U.S.)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
nclc 02657 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/nclc.02657
Control Number
ncl2004003659/PP
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-nclc-02657 (color digital file from b&w original print)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
image
Description
1 photographic print.

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Chicago citation style:

Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. Accident to young cotton mill worker. Giles Edmund Newsom Photo October 23rd,while working in Sanders Spinning Mill, Bessemer City, N.C., August 21st, a piece of the machine fell on to his foot mashing his toe. This caused him to fall on to a spinning machine and his hand went into the unprotected gearing, crushing and tearing out two fingers. He told the Attorney he was 11 years old when it happened. His parents are now trying to make him 13 years old. The school census taken at the time of the accident makes him12 years parents' statement and school records say the same. His school teacher thinks he is 12. His brother see photo 3071 is not yet 11 years old. Both of the boys worked in the mill several months before the accident. His father, R.L. Newsom tried to compromise with the Company when he found the boy would receive the money and not the parents. The mother tried to blame the boys for getting jobs on their own hook, but she let them work several months. The aunt said "Now he's jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma an' then this happens and he can't never work no more like he oughter."Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina. Bessemer City North Carolina, 1912. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ncl2004003659/PP/.

APA citation style:

Hine, L. W., photographer. (1912) Accident to young cotton mill worker. Giles Edmund Newsom Photo October 23rd,while working in Sanders Spinning Mill, Bessemer City, N.C., August 21st, a piece of the machine fell on to his foot mashing his toe. This caused him to fall on to a spinning machine and his hand went into the unprotected gearing, crushing and tearing out two fingers. He told the Attorney he was 11 years old when it happened. His parents are now trying to make him 13 years old. The school census taken at the time of the accident makes him12 years parents' statement and school records say the same. His school teacher thinks he is 12. His brother see photo 3071 is not yet 11 years old. Both of the boys worked in the mill several months before the accident. His father, R.L. Newsom tried to compromise with the Company when he found the boy would receive the money and not the parents. The mother tried to blame the boys for getting jobs on their own hook, but she let them work several months. The aunt said "Now he's jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma an' then this happens and he can't never work no more like he oughter."Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina. Bessemer City North Carolina, 1912. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ncl2004003659/PP/.

MLA citation style:

Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. Accident to young cotton mill worker. Giles Edmund Newsom Photo October 23rd,while working in Sanders Spinning Mill, Bessemer City, N.C., August 21st, a piece of the machine fell on to his foot mashing his toe. This caused him to fall on to a spinning machine and his hand went into the unprotected gearing, crushing and tearing out two fingers. He told the Attorney he was 11 years old when it happened. His parents are now trying to make him 13 years old. The school census taken at the time of the accident makes him12 years parents' statement and school records say the same. His school teacher thinks he is 12. His brother see photo 3071 is not yet 11 years old. Both of the boys worked in the mill several months before the accident. His father, R.L. Newsom tried to compromise with the Company when he found the boy would receive the money and not the parents. The mother tried to blame the boys for getting jobs on their own hook, but she let them work several months. The aunt said "Now he's jes got to where he could be of some help to his ma an' then this happens and he can't never work no more like he oughter."Location: Bessemer City, North Carolina. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ncl2004003659/PP/>.