Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What was life like 100 years ago?

While reading the MAKE Magazine blog I came across Shorpy. It has a large collection of photos showing ordinary people doing ordinary things 100 years ago. Especially poignant are the photos of children working. Hopefully today's students will have a new found appreciation for how good our lives are today (at least in our country) as compared to the children pictured on Shorpy. Here's a description from the website: is a photo blog about what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating. We’re starting with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee, which lobbied Congress to end the practice. One of his subjects, a young coal miner named Shorpy Higginbotham, is the site’s namesake.

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