Bobbin boy

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A bobbin boy in 1911

A bobbin boy was a boy who worked in a textile mill in the 18th and early 19th centuries. He would bring bobbins to the women at the looms when they called for them, and collected the full bobbins of spun cotton or wool thread. They also would be expected to fix minor problems with the machines. Average pay was about $1.00 a week, with days often beginning at 5:30 am and ending around 7:30 pm six days a week. One example of rising from this job to great heights in America was young Andrew Carnegie, who at age 13 worked as a bobbin boy in 1848.[1] The job as a bobbin boy was extremely dangerous.

Notable bobbin boys[edit]

The following persons once worked as a bobbin boy:

Notes[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie p. 34
  2. ^ "Industry Comes of Age". American Pageant. Retrieved 17 January 2012.