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Background imageLabour Collection: Coal mine in England, 1850s

Coal mine in England, 1850s
Removing coal in the Bradley mine, Staffordshire, England, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Blowing glass in a British factory, 1800s

Blowing glass in a British factory, 1800s
Workers in a crown-glass factory, Great Britain, early 1800s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Glass factory workers in Britain, 1800s

Glass factory workers in Britain, 1800s
Manufacturing glass at a flint-glass factory, Great Britain, 1800s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Logging in Wisconsin, 1800s

Logging in Wisconsin, 1800s
Hauling logs with a horse-drawn sledge in northern Wisconsin, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Black slave on a sugar plantation

Black slave on a sugar plantation
Slave woman hoeing sugar plants on a plantation in Louisiana, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Riverboats at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s

Riverboats at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s
Stevedores loading barrels at the Red River levee at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Apprentice carpenter

Apprentice carpenter
Young carpenters apprentice planing a block of wood, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Orange grove in California

Orange grove in California
California orange grove, 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages

Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages
Bakers of York, showing their guild ordinances, England, 1590s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Cotton loaded on steamboats by black slaves, New Orleans

Cotton loaded on steamboats by black slaves, New Orleans
Slaves loading cotton bales on riverboats at the New Orleans levee, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Chinese immigrants working on the transcontinental railroad

Chinese immigrants working on the transcontinental railroad
Chinese laborers constructing the Central Pacific Railroad, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Typesetter at work, 1800s

Typesetter at work, 1800s
Setting type by hand in a print-shop. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Building the railroad to Bismarck, North Dakota, 1870s

Building the railroad to Bismarck, North Dakota, 1870s
Laying railroad track in winter across the Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota, 1879. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Workers cheering the first train over the mountains from California

Workers cheering the first train over the mountains from California
Snowsheds protecting a transcontinental railroad train in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: BUSN2P-00001

BUSN2P-00001
Book and magazine printing press at Harper & Bros. New York City, early 1900s. Printed halftone of a photograph

Background imageLabour Collection: AGRI2A-00088

AGRI2A-00088
Native field hands picking coffee in Brazil 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Putting in seed on a bonanza farm, 1800s

Putting in seed on a bonanza farm, 1800s
Seeding grain on a bonanza farm, North Dakota, early 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Jacquard loom, 1880s

Jacquard loom, 1880s
Woman worker using a mechanized Jacquard loom, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illlustration

Background imageLabour Collection: BUSN2A-00095

BUSN2A-00095
Loggers with an ordinary haul on an ox-drawn sledge, Minnesota, 1890s. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageLabour Collection: GATL2A-00027

GATL2A-00027
Jamaicans bringing their produce to market, circa 1890. Hand-colored halftone illustration of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: AGRI2A-00064

AGRI2A-00064
Picking apples, a farm scene near Prides Bridge, Maine, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Garden irrigation in the 1500s

Garden irrigation in the 1500s
Garden water pumped through beds via intersecting channels, formal bed design of 1571. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Cotton wharf in Charleston SC, 1870s

Cotton wharf in Charleston SC, 1870s
Black stevedores loading bales on the cotton wharf in Charleston, South Carolina, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: BUSN2A-00194

BUSN2A-00194
Dynamite bomb exploding among police ranks during the Haymarket Square riot in Chicago, 1886. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Agriculture in the Middle Ages

Agriculture in the Middle Ages
Peasants sowing and cultivating fields outside a walled town in the Middle Ages. Printed halftone reproduction of a medieval manuscript miniature

Background imageLabour Collection: Fishing boats unloading in London, 1800s

Fishing boats unloading in London, 1800s
Landing fish at Billingsgate Market, London, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: BUSN2A-00160

BUSN2A-00160
Great Railroad Strike workers blockade the locomotive engines at Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1877. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Building the transcontinental railroad

Building the transcontinental railroad
Immigrants and other workers laying track for the transcontinental railroad across Nebraska, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Transcontinental railroad workers attacked by Native Americans

Transcontinental railroad workers attacked by Native Americans
Cheyenne Indians attacking workers building the transcontinental railroad on the Great Plains, 1867. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Immigrants building the transcontinental railroad

Immigrants building the transcontinental railroad
Asian and European immigrants working on the last mile of the transcontinental railroad, 1869. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Dining car on the transcontinental railroad

Dining car on the transcontinental railroad
Palace Hotel dining car on the Union Pacific Railroad, 1869. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Laying railroad track across the Great Plains

Laying railroad track across the Great Plains
Workers laying track for the transcontinental railroad, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Freight train brakemen in a blizzard

Freight train brakemen in a blizzard
Railroad brakemen working atop boxcars in a snowstorm, 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Tuna fishing using nets, 1800s

Tuna fishing using nets, 1800s
Fishing boats circling a school of tuna to catch them in nets, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Wiring New York City for electricity, 1880s

Wiring New York City for electricity, 1880s
Workers testing the insulation of electric wires going in the streets of New York City, 1882. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Blacksmith shoeing a horse

Blacksmith shoeing a horse
Blacksmith fitting a horseshoe, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Working in a shoe factory, late 1800s

Working in a shoe factory, late 1800s
Shoe industry worker making lasts, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Labor strike, late 1800s

Labor strike, late 1800s
Striking workers on parade in the U.S. late 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Sulky plow, 1800s

Sulky plow, 1800s
Farmer riding a sulky plow drawn by a pair of horses, circa 1890. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Formal garden of the late Middle Ages

Formal garden of the late Middle Ages
Spring work in a European formal garden with raised beds, about 1590. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Vancouver Island shipyard, 1800s

Vancouver Island shipyard, 1800s
Drydock at Esquimalt, British Columbia, 1880s. Lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Cotton bales on a river boat, 1800s

Cotton bales on a river boat, 1800s
Steam-driven boat loaded with bales of cotton, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Making coins in the Middle Ages

Making coins in the Middle Ages
Medieval coiners in their workshop. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a medieval illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Cotton bale loaded on a boat in New Orleans, 1800s

Cotton bale loaded on a boat in New Orleans, 1800s
Young African-American stevedore loading cotton onto a steamboat at New Orleans, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Child laborers inspected in Britain, 1880s

Child laborers inspected in Britain, 1880s
English government inspector visiting child workers in a factory, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: AGRI2A-00011

AGRI2A-00011
Afroamerican slaves picking cotton. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageLabour Collection: Slaves planting rice in North Carolina, 1800s

Slaves planting rice in North Carolina, 1800s
Planting rice on a North Carolina plantation, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration



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