Rosenau Hosiery Mills, 1919

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Title

Rosenau Hosiery Mills, 1919

Subject

Mills and mill work
Cotton textile industry
Women employees
Child labor

Description

The Rosenau Hosiery Mills were built in Tuscaloosa around 1901. The advertisement tolls the concept of having girls and teenage boys help support families by working in the factory.

Rosenau Hosiery Mill employed 200 people in the early 1900s in the production of hose and socks. It was the only factory in Tuscaloosa that employed women.

Children as young as 10 years old could be employed, but a company rule said they had to attend school at least three months each school year until they reached 12 years of age. After laws were passed regarding employment of children, inspectors came around to see if any child was working. If so, the supervisors would hide them in bins of socks until it was safe to come out.

The Tuscaloosa plant burned in 1924.

Creator

The Tuscaloosa News

Source

Tuscaloosa News Archive

Publisher

The Tuscaloosa News

Date

Sept. 24, 1919

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Advertisement

Identifier

2543

Coverage

Tuscaloosa County (AL)

Original Format

Advertisement

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