Just a quick Labor Day post, with some pictures of why we have a Labor Day.
A doffer, one who replaced a full bobbin (after the thread was created) with an empty one.
A spinning mule minder, or piercer. He’d repair a broken thread so the machine could keep working.
From Jacob Riis’ How the Other Half Lives.
The problems with the photos is not that the children are barefoot, but that they are children, and have to work because their families cannot get a decent wage.
The bare feet are not a burden at all.