Aetha Broxy with her sister Sebrina Broxy Nickerson in Lloyd, Florida.
This stunning, anonymous, and undated portrait looks to be from around 1910. The photograph should be credited to the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, and can be found in the Big Bend area photographic collection, 1887-2003.
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Lewis W. Hine: Little Orphan Annie in a Pittsburgh Institution, ca. 1910, printed later - silver print on paper (Smithsonian)
"Hines is best known, however, for his systematic and comprehensive documentation of child workers for the National Child Labor Committee. Hine spoke about his work on extensive lecture tours, and his photographs were widely disseminated through newspapers, socially concerned publications, and posters.
Many of Hine’s photographs of children, such as this image of a girl at the door of an orphanage, describe the relationship between an individual and an institution. Here, Hine calls our attention to the austere space beyond the child, emphasizing the extent to which her home already seems like a factory. The title given to the photograph—possibly when it was included in a portfolio of Hine’s work organized by the New York Photo League in the late1940s—refers to the Dickensian comic-strip character “Little Orphan Annie,” created in 1924, who was forced to labor for her keep at an orphanage.
Along with his photographs, Hine often sent the Child Labor Committee detailed reports of his conversations with children and their parents. Providing revelant details about their lives, his comments supplemented the emotional content of the photographs. This picture was part of a series documenting southern delta shrimp pickers and oyster shuckers. Hine wrote: Olga Schubert. The little 5-year-old after a day’s work helping her mother in the Biloxi Canning factory, began at about 5:00 A.M., was tired out and refused to be photographed. The mother said, ‘Oh, she’s ugly.’ Both she and other persons said picking shrimp was very hard on the fingers." - Merry A. Foresta. American Photographs: The First Century (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996).