Shared comment: Victorian match girls 1888 worked in terrible conditions, 14 hours a day for very little wages. Phosphorous used in making matches caused hair and teeth loss, yellowing of skin and phossy jaw, a type of facial bone cancer.
Women and girls working with textiles in a Victorian factory. Mills employed both women and girls as cheap labour. The Century Factory Reform Acts improved conditions for women as well as for children.
Newark, Ohio native Johnny Clem was a United States Army general who served as a drummer boy in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He gained fame for his bravery on the battlefield, becoming the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history.
Fanny and Stella, the pioneer transvestites who fought Victorian anti-gay laws