Breaker Boys In 1911
This colorized picture, taken by Lewis Wickes Hines, captures a group of breaker boys who worked in the coal mine in 1911 in Pittston, Pennsylvania. The smallest boy is Sam Belloma.
Although the mines occasionally employed elderly coal miners who were no longer able to work in the mines because of their age, disease, or accident, as breaker boys, these positions were primarily filled by young boys. The practice began in the mid-1860s and lasted until the 1920s.