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Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690

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Filename: BB87_09690.jpg

Size: 5097 x 3710 (5.1MB)

Date: 23rd July 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690

BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. From 1921 children had to be at least 12 years old before they could work full-time, though some of these boys look younger. They appear to be labelling tins of tea. Their work benches are made of wooden panels and upturned tea chests. Unknown photographer. Photograph c.1910

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This evocative photograph captures a moment in time from the early 1910s at Butlers Wharf in Shad Thames, London. The image shows a group of young children intently focused on their task, meticulously labelling tins of tea. The scene exudes an air of industry and determination, as the boys, some of whom appear to be younger than 12 years old, work diligently at their makeshift workbenches. The benches are fashioned from wooden panels and upturned tea chests, a testament to the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the time. The children's expressions suggest a sense of pride and accomplishment in their work, despite the challenging conditions. Prior to 1921, there were no legal restrictions on the employment of children as young as five years old in factories and other industrial settings. However, this photograph offers a glimpse into the lives of these young workers before the implementation of the Children Act, which stipulated that children had to be at least 12 years old before they could work full-time. The photograph is a poignant reminder of the historical context of childhood during the Edwardian era, a time when children's labor was a common occurrence in factories and industries across the United Kingdom. The image, taken by an unknown photographer around 1910, offers a rare and poignant insight into the lives of these young workers and their daily routines.

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