'Love Conquered Fear', 1840. Artist: Unknown
'Love Conquered Fear', 1840. Michael Armstrong, adopted by a mill owner, embracing his brother Edward who is one of the ragged factory boys working amongst the spinning mules. By Michael's foot a child crawls out from under the mule. Children were employed to keep the floor under the mules free of dust and fibres to minimise risk of fire. They often suffered horrific injuries when crushed by moving machinery. From The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong by Frances Trollope, who was an active campaigner against the use of child labour in British factories. (London, 1840). (Colorised black and white print).
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Cotton's Patent Automaton Balance. With Pilcher's Improvements, 1866.Artist: William Cotton
Cotton's Patent Automaton Balance. With Pilcher's Improvements, 1866.
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Nasmyth's steam hammer at work, (c1880). Artist: Roberts
Nasmyth's steam hammer at work, (c1880). The steam hammer was invented by the Scottish engineer and inventor James Nasmyth (1808-1890). It took the human effort out of the process of forging wrought iron and steel to form engine and machine parts, as well as substantially reducing production costs. A print from Great Industries of Great Britain, Volume I, published by Cassell Petter and Galpin, (London, Paris, New York, c1880).
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