NJ Night Shift Glass Works Boys, 1908
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Dimensions:3740 x 3750 px | 31.7 x 31.8 cm | 12.5 x 12.5 inches | 300dpi
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Entitled: "A group working on night shift at Hereford Glass Works. I saw the smallest boy carrying-in shortly before midnight. Location: Cape May Court House, New Jersey." There were four main jobs in the glass factories that used boys as a majority of the labor. The boy who opens and closes the iron mold for the blower was the "holding-mold boy". The second job required the boy to stand beside the presser and receive the tumblers from the large mold on a little try was called the "ketchin-up boy". The third job was for the boy who seized the blown or pressed objects with a long iron rod and holds them in the flame of the glory hole, which is the hole for firing the piece of glass before passing it on to the finisher, and was called the "sticker-up boy". The final job was for the boy who takes the finished objects from the finisher to the annealing oven for the final firing of the object and was called the "carrying-in boy". These jobs required long hours and cramped conditions, especially for the holding-mold boy, who sat on a small unpadded seat for hours before he was relieved for a break. The boys who stood near the furnaces often succumbed to heat strokes because of the intense heat blasting from within, and would also be required to either stoop over or squat in a cramped position to access the glory hole. The sticker-up boy was often covered in soot and would close his eyes because of the intense heat. Photographed by Lewis Hine, November 19, 1909.