Dwight Manufacturing Company, Chicopee Mass (3)

Employees of the Dwight Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Mass, in November 1911. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, National Child Labor Committee Collection.

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In 2014:


Another photo from Lewis Hine’s documentation of child labor issues in the early 1900s, this one shows a group of young workers at Dwight Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Mass.  Hine writes this in his caption:

Group of workers in Dwight Mfg. Co. Stanley Twarog (one of the smallest boys), 81 Park St. Works in spinning room. Tony Sccha [i.e., Soccha], (Shortest boy in front, overalls. Very young. 65 Exchange St. A bobbin Boy in Room 7; has been there a year. Location: Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Today, all of the boys are (presumably) long-dead, but I’m sure many of their ancestors still live in Chicopee and the surrounding towns, probably unaware of their grandfather or great-grandfather’s role in changing child labor laws in the United States.  The buildings do remain, although the picket fence has been replaced by a far less picturesque chain link fence topped with barbed wire, and the railroad tracks in the foreground aren’t covered in the snow – they are long gone as well.

2 thoughts on “Dwight Manufacturing Company, Chicopee Mass (3)”

  1. Hi..My name is Tracey Twarog. My grandfather was Stanley Twarog. He is shown in one of your pics. Child labor Chicopee,Ma. I would love to have a copy of the photo or any others you may have or any information. Thank You

    • Hi Tracey! Here is the link to the original photo on the Library of Congress website:


      If you click on the TIFF(50.5mb) link below the thumbnail photo on their site, you can download the full-resolution photo. It’s a big file, but it’s useful if you wanted to blow it up and make a large print of it.

      I wasn’t able to find much information on your grandfather when I initially researched for this post a number of years ago, but this photo was taken by a very famous photojournalist, Lewis Hine, who documented child labor conditions around the country in the early 1900s. You might want to try contacting Joe Manning through his website, https://morningsonmaplestreet.com/ – he specializes in researching the children in Lewis Hines’s photos and learning about their life stories, so he might be able to point you in the right direction.

      Hope that helps!


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