Child Labor

19th Century Britain D.Orr

Young Boys in the Coal Mines

Covered in coal dust, these boys pose for a photo during the short lunch break of a long day in the mine shafts
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Jobs Children Did In The Factories

  • many young boys worked in coal mines where their small bodies allowed them to pull carts of loaded coal to the surface
  • many young girls worked as bobber-doffins in the textile mills going into shutdown machines to repair them as quick as possible
  • both boys and girls were used in factories for less complicated jobs like moving items and cleaning
  • some children were utilized as chimney sweeps to clean smokestacks clogged with coal soot