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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

2—Hooks and Eyes : Carding

2—Hooks and Eyes : Carding.

Rate paid.—4½d. for 72 cards.

Workers' Outlay for Thread, &c.—Worker finds own cotton needles, amounting to about 4d. in every 3s. earned.

Average Working-day.—Fourteen hours.

Average Earnings.—3s. 3d. weekly.

Process.—Hooks and eyes are given out loose, by weight; cards are given, and the work is paid for by the 24 gross. The eyes have to be sorted out and stitched on to the cards; then the hooks are disentangled and linked in the eyes, usually by children when they return from school; then the eyes are stitched down.

Remarks.—The cards and hooks and eyes in this exhibit were provided by a large manufacturer in Birmingham on condition that he might print on each card supplied his reason for the low wages paid. One of the worst features of the work is the employment of child-labour to do the "linking." Children five years of age are initiated into this work.