Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Father's Day Father and Family

Father's Day Father and FamilyTITLE: Capps family at Columbia vaudeville. Baby of 21 months (been on stage for 6 months). Girl of 5 years (been on stage for 2 years). Boy of 7 years (been on stage for 1 year). Girl of 8 years (been on stage for 5 years). Boy of 12 years (been on stage for 8 years). Boy of 14 years (been on stage for 9 years).

Oldest boy is acrobat, contortionist, etc. All do singing and dancing acts except baby, who appears in final scene as Charlie Chaplin. They appear 3 or 4 times a day--sometimes 7 days in the week, usually coming last on program (as a feature), which means they do not leave dressing room until nearly 11 p.m. Then, in addition, the life in cheap hotels and on the road "making new towns" is very unsettling. It was very touching to see the little ones curled up back of the scenes waiting for their act and getting 40 winks or the mother nursing the baby just before it was poked out onto the stage to do his little "turn."

In spite of their stage life, their manners are good. They are quiet, well-appearing children, and the parents are kind and sympathetic. The father acts as nursemaid to the baby, and the mother dresses and changes the others and appears herself. She said: "They're never sick. It's the healthiest kind of life." The 8-year-old girl said: "I don't like it--the men in some places are so rough." There was some familiarity shown to them, but not much. Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan / Lewis W. Hine.

Digital ID: nclc 05267 Source: color digital file from b&w original print Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-nclc-05267 (color digital file from b&w original print) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version (121 kilobytes)

REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-nclc-05267 (color digital file from b&w original print) No known restrictions on publication. MEDIUM: 1 photographic print. CREATED, PUBLISHED: 1917 November 29.

CREATOR: Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940, photographer. NOTES: Title from NCLC caption card. In album: Miscellaneous. Hine no. 4911. Attached to the caption card are handwritten notes, apparently the original from which the typewritten caption was transcribed.

PART OF: Photographs from the records of the National Child Labor Committee (U.S.), REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. DIGITAL ID: (color digital file from b&w original print) nclc 05267 hdl.loc.gov/nclc.05267 CARD #: ncl2004005054/PP

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-DIG-nclc-05267]

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