These are all breaker-boys. (See photos taken at Ewen Breaker, later.) They were very suspicious of my motives.

These are all breaker-boys. (See photos taken at Ewen Breaker, later.) They were very suspicious of my motives. Sam Bellom (boy on left end of photo), 58 Pine Street. Been working in breaker #9 for two years, he says. He says, also, that he is 14 years old, but does not appear to be? Sam Topent (next to Bellom), 52 Pine Street. Been working at Ewen Breaker two years. Said, "I'm fourteen years, an' if you don' believe me, I kin show you de proofs." (They were all suspicious.) This boy had told the School Principal the other day that he was 13 years old, which may be too high. James Ritz (in middle), 28 Pine Street. Been working one year at Ewen Breaker. Said "14 years old," but this is unbelievable. Mikey Captan (small boy on James' left) 45 Pine St. Been working one year at Ewen Breaker, said he was 12 years old, but doesn't appear to be that. Tony Captan (right end of photo), 45 Pine St. Been working in Ewen Breaker one year. I found these boys and many others, working at Ewen Breaker, and photographed them (see photos). Boy on extreme right end of photo is Jo Topent, 52 Pine St. Been working at Ewen Breaker two years. Said he was 14 years old but does not appear to be. He was very suspicious of me and refused to be in first photo. Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania. Date Created/Published: 1911 January. LOC original medium: 1 photographic print. Pic of child labour by Lewis Wickes Hine.


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The person on this left in this photo is my father Sam Bellomo. I cannot believe that I have been able to find these photographs. Thank you so much. Jim Bellomo

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