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Johnnie Younts
Figure 1.-- This 1908 child labor photo was taken by Lewis Hines. Johnnie Younts is the tall boy on the left. He was about 15 years old. He lived at 72 Kirk Street. He was working at the Salisbury Mills in Salibury, North Carolina. He had been working at the cotton mill for 8 years. He began at age 7 years. Hines asked, "When can he get any education?" His unamed friend who looks to be about 14b years old has been at the mill for 1 year. Both boys wear knee pants suits. At the time, knickers were beginning to become popular. Usually boy this age who had left school were more likely to wear long pants.

The HBC biography section is for people or families that have achieved some degree of notariety or fame. HBC readers in many cases have submitted family portraits. HBC has until now not added them to the biography section. We believe now that this is a mistake. Many of the HBC readers contributing family portraits can also provide details about the boy and him family. This background information help us to assess social trends and put the fashions involved in perspective. This is just why the biographical section is an important part of HBC. As a result, HBC has decided to create pages for these relatively unknown people, when some basic family data is available. Incidentally if you find a relative here, please do tell us somehing about him. Here we are listing these biographies alpahabetically to facilitate looking up individual names. The alphabdetical list is the primary data base in this section. While we have not persued geneolgical resreach on these individual, having the names and in many cases the loaction provide the potential to acquire more back ground information in the future which may provide additonal insights into the fashion and life style trends.



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Yatman, Ellis Laurie (United States, 1902)

Ellis Laurie Yatman had a cabinet card portrait taken in 1902. It was a new style mount domr in the love green characteristic of the 1900s decade. Ellis looks be about 13-years old. He is a cadet at an unidentified military academy. The academy uniform as was the case for several acadameies at the time inclusded knee pants for the boys. This was the peak for knee pants in Americas. Many teenagers wore knee pabts in the 1900s decade. Knickers did not begin to become common until the end of the decade. We do not know if any military schools adopted knickers as part of the uniform. Also noticed the low-cut oxfords. Most people both children and adults at the time wore high-top shoes. Military schools were private schools. Thus the boys who atended these schools tended to come from well-to-do families. We know that Laurie came from a substantial family. He was preparing for a trip to Eiurope. The text on the back reads, "Just before starting on his European trip." At the time on wealthy families traveled to Europe. The studio was Sands & Nraidy in Providence, Rhode Island.

Yerbury, ER (Scotland, 1918)

Here we have an image of a Scottish boy, although we are not sure if it is a photograph or drawing. The boy is apparently Edward Roper Yerbury. We have no information about him. The image looks rather like an advertisement, or perhaps a novelty postcard. The boy was apparently born in in 1915 which would mke him 3 years old here. He looks to be 4-5 years old. He is pictured shining shoes. One interesting aspect of the photograph is that the boy is wearing closed-toe sandals. This is one of the earliest Scottish images we have of a boy wearing sandals. Also notice the suspenders (braces) used to hold up his trousers.

Young, Eddie and Ralph (United States, 1896-98)

This cabinet card is a portrait of ´┐ŻEddie Young, age 5 and Ralph Young, age 3. Their parents were Mr. and Mrs. Barie G. Young. The portrait was taken by Franck in Hammond, Indiana. It is not dated. The dealer estimates 1896-98. I think this is a good estimate. The Fauntleroy suits were popular in the 1890s. The light-colored cabinent card mounts became popular in the late 90s. HBC is not yet an expert in furniture, but we believe that whicker furniture was especially popular in the late-90s and 1900s. The boys seem to be wearing identical classic Fauntleroy suits. The only difference we can see is tht the floppy bows look to be different colors.

Young, Clinton (United States, 1916)

Here are eight family snapshots showing the stylish outfits and casual clothes by a young boy named Teddy. Presumably his proper would have been Theodore, but in reading the caption, Teddy may have neen the dog. The boy may have been Clinton. The snapshots came from the album of silent film director Harold Young, but we are not sure that Teddy was his son. There was not notes in the album. A note referred to 1916, but some of the photographs may have been taken a year or so before or after. Teddy looks to be about 8-10 yeats old. He wears a trendy checked cut-away jacket and turned down hat. He also wears a scruffy outfit a swabie cap. With all these outfits he wears knee pants or perhaps knickers and long stockings. We also see the family pooch. The two seem to be great friends. He also wears a cardigan sweater with a roll collar. There is also a clown outfit. He doesn't seem to live in Hollywood as there is a snow shot with him all bundled up and wearing skates.

Young, Ray (United States, 1900s)

This cabinet card portrait shows Ray Youngin standing in front of his trusty tricycle in front of his home. The portrait is undated, but it is a new style mount suggesting that it was taken about the turn-of-the 20th century. Ray wears a knee pants sailor suit conplete with a saucer-style hat, a popular style at the time. He looks to be about 5 years old. After the turn iof the century, we begin to see cabinet cards like this. It looks like a snap shot dad took, but mountd like a studio cabinet card.

Younts, John (United States, 1908)

This 1908 child labor photo was taken by Lewis Hines. Johnnie Younts is the tall boy on the left. His prper name was probably John, but could have been Johnathan. He was about 15 years old. He lived at 72 Kirk Street. He was working at the Salisbury Mills in Salibury, North Carolina. He had been working at the cotton mill for 8 years. He began at age 7 years. Hines asked, "When can he get any education?" His unamed friend has been at the mill for 1 year. Both boys wear knee pants suits. At the time, knickers were beginning to become popular.

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