Prior to child labor laws, the mining industry used to employ thousands of young boys.
The work was very dangerous and involved manual labor in an unpredictable and dangerous environment.
This particular photograph is of 11 year old Otha Porter Martin working the tipple at the Turkey Knob coal mine in Macdonald, West Virginia in 1908.
The tipple was the name of a cart used to carry the coal out of the mines.
The boys were responsible for "tipping" the tipple to unload the coal to be sorted.
The photograph was originally taken by Lewis Wickes Hine.
The color was added by illustrator that goes by the name Aviakatz.
11 years old....so crazy to even imagine.