Amazing Photos of Boys Working at the Alexandria Glass Company

This is one of those amazing photographs that you can stare at for hours, just wondering who these two boys were.

We dug up an amazing series of photographs at the Library of Congress, showing the lives of young boys working at the Alexandria Glass Company in the 1910s.

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Two young carrying-in boys in Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. Frank Clark (on left) 702 N. Patrick St., could neither read nor write, having been to school only a few weeks in his life. Two older brothers work in glass factory, and his father is a candy maker. Frank is working on night shift this week. Ashby Corbin (on right), 413 N. St. Asaph St. Has had only four terms of schooling. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
Two young carrying-in boys in Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. Frank Clark (on left) 702 N. Patrick St., could neither read nor write, having been to school only a few weeks in his life. Two older brothers work in glass factory, and his father is a candy maker. Frank is working on night shift this week. Ashby Corbin (on right), 413 N. St. Asaph St. Has had only four terms of schooling. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
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Some of the youngsters on day shift (next week on night shift) at Old Dominion Glass Co., Alexandria, Va. I counted 7 white boys and several colored boys that seemed to be under 14 years old. The youngest ones would not give names, but the following are a few: Frank Ellmore, 913 Gibbon St., apparently ten or eleven. Been there three months. Dannie Powell, 307 Columbus St. Henry O'Donnell, 1925[?] Duke St. Leslie Mason, 912 Wilke St. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271 and report. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
Some of the youngsters on day shift (next week on night shift) at Old Dominion Glass Co., Alexandria, Va. I counted 7 white boys and several colored boys that seemed to be under 14 years old. The youngest ones would not give names, but the following are a few: Frank Ellmore, 913 Gibbon St., apparently ten or eleven. Been there three months. Dannie Powell, 307 Columbus St. Henry O’Donnell, 1925[?] Duke St. Leslie Mason, 912 Wilke St. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
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Some of the youngsters on day shift (next week on night shift) at Old Dominion Glass Co., Alexandria, Va. I counted 7 white boys and several colored boys that seemed to be under 14 years old. The youngest ones would not give names, but the following are a few: Frank Ellmore, 913 Gibbon St., apparently ten or eleven. Been there three months. Dannie Powell, 307 Columbus St., Henry O'Donnell, 1923 Duke St. Leslie Mason, 912 Wilke St. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
Some of the youngsters on day shift (next week on night shift) at Old Dominion Glass Co., Alexandria, Va. I counted 7 white boys and several colored boys that seemed to be under 14 years old. The youngest ones would not give names, but the following are a few: Frank Ellmore, 913 Gibbon St., apparently ten or eleven. Been there three months. Dannie Powell, 307 Columbus St., Henry O’Donnell, 1923 Duke St. Leslie Mason, 912 Wilke St. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.

 

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A few of the young boys working on the night shift at the Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
A few of the young boys working on the night shift at the Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.

 

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A few of the young boys working on the night shift at the Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
A few of the young boys working on the night shift at the Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
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A few of the young boys working on the night shift at the Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.
A few of the young boys working on the night shift at the Alexandria (Va.) Glass Factory. See also photos and labels 2260 to 2271. Location: Alexandria, Virginia.

If you want a fascinating history on one of the boys, check out this page we dug up.

 

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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