Sanford Franklin

 Mill Worker, Child Laborer

Born:August 5, 1901, Tennessee
Died:March 16, 1966, Memphis, Tennessee


•  Sanford was one of the child laborers (started work when he was ten) working at Merrimack Mill and photographed by Hine. - Leberman

•  Married Ella Grace Campbell (1902-2002), a cashier in 1925. - Leberman

•  Son of William and Ida Franklin - Leberman

•  In the 1920 census lists Sanford (then approx 17) as a doffler. "Doffing was hard work. It was a doffer's job to push a large wooden doffers box from row to row and collect finished spools. If the doffers were small, they would have to climb up the side of the looms to reach the top spools. Often they would not wear shoes because it made climbing easier. This was a typical job for boys in the textile mills." - Leberman

Related Links:

• - Page owned by JerryFortner11 and can be viewed only with an paid subscription. (Originally found at

•  Hine - Hine's photographs of child labor, mill workers in Huntsville, AL (Originally found at

•  Hine Alabama photo - List of links to photographs taken in Alabama (Originally found at

•  Hine's bio - Biography of the photographer, Lewis Hine (Originally found at

•  Leberman - Article titled "Children of the Mills: Faces of Huntsville Mill Children" by B. Susanna Leberman for Huntsville Historical Review, Volume 29, #1, Fall-Winter 2003, Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, page 38 (article with biographical information available through this link)

•  Spartacus - Hine bio (Originally found at

•  Wikipedia - Hine's bio, the documenting photographer

Sanford Franklin and friends. Photo by Lewis Hine from (Hine).
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•  Leberman