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A black and white photograph of four people working, mounted on board with white lettering.

The black and white photograph shows four people stripping tobacco leaves in a basement room. Three women are seated on the right, another figure is seated in the lower left corner. There are two small windows high in the back wall. A pipe runs from the right side to just above the group of three women. On the left are hanging garments. The walls are plaster or cement, the floor is boards. The caption reads: These four strippers work in a damp, unventilated cellar.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Lewis Wickes Hine, American (Oshkosh, Wisconsin 1874 - 1940 Hastings-on-Hudson, New York)
Industrial Problems, Conditions: United States. Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Survey: These four strippers work in a damp, unventilated cellar.
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Social Museum Collection
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Physical Descriptions

Gelatin silver print mounted to board, white gouache
Gelatin silver print
image: 36.3 x 43.3 cm (14 5/16 x 17 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, in black crayon: 8-2
  • inscription: verso, in graphite: 190

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Social Museum Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Deborah Martin Kao and Michelle Lamuniere, Instituting Reform, The Social Museum of Harvard University 1903-1931, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2012), p. 182, fig. 4.23

Exhibition History

  • Classified Documents: The Social Museum of Harvard University, 1903-1931, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 01/20/2007 - 06/10/2007
  • 32Q: 1320 Social Realism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/19/2017 - 04/05/2018

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Social Museum Collection

Verification Level

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