Pittman Handle Company
A fifteen year old boy operating a dangerous boring machine at which he said a boy recently bored half his hand off. To operate this machine (which bores a large hole in the spade handle) the boy has to throw his whole weight onto he lever which pushes the handle (and himself) up against the unprotected borer. A slip might easily result fatally. Boy earns $1.65 a day.
Group outside Pittman Handle Factory
This factory has a number of unprotected belts and dangerous machines. One other boy, about the age of this one, was doing
all kind[s] of work, taking away the handles from a huge rip saw, etc., and constantly exposed to danger.
Library of Congress
In 1908, Lewis Hine became the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC). Over the next decade, Hine documented child labor in American industry to aid the NCLC's lobbying efforts to end the practice. He traveled from Maine to Texas documenting children working in factories, mines, mills, farms, and in street trades. He photographed their living conditions as well. His photographs did not embellish the child laborers’ destitution, instead showing accurate and poignant depictions of their circumstances. In 1913, Hine traveled the country documenting worker abuse for NCLC. In September, he visited Grayson County, Texas, and in October, he was in Dallas.
The 1913 Denison City Directory provides information about the G. W. Pittman & Co. handle factory at 131 East Morton Street. George W. Pittman and Curtis E. Roberts owned the factory. George's wife was Mollie D. Pittman; they lived at 1027 West Bond Street. Boarding there were Byron Pittman, clerk; James W. Pittman; Curtis E. Roberts and his wife, Zola I. Roberts. Curtis was also an inspedtor for the Southwest Surety Insurance Company
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