Title: Breaker Boys 1911 Arhcival Photo Poster Print Format: Poster view MORE Posters
Licensed reproduction of original photograph from an archival collection. To preserve authenticity, image has NOT been retouched. Size: 19 x 13 inches (33 x 48 cms) SKU: 641999
Details: This is an archival photo of a group of breaker boys.
A breaker boy was a worker in the United States whose job was to separate impurities from coal by hand in a coal breaker. Although breaker boys were primarily children, elderly coal miners who could no longer work in the mines because of age, disease, or accident were also sometimes employed as breaker boys. The use of breaker boys began in the mid-1860s. Although public disapproval of the employment of children as breaker boys existed by the mid-1880s, the practice did not end until the 1920s.
This poster is usually printed with a thin white edge border.