"Shop on Greene Street" and "Machine Room of a Large Modern Shop" (from A General Survey of the Sanitary Conditions of the Shops in the Cloak Industry [New York: Joint Board of Sanitary Control, 1911], 28; image from the collection of the Tamiment-Wagner Labor Archives, New York University). The JBSC used such comparisons of tenement and modern shops to depict progress toward a model shop. Filth is compared to order, confusion to rationality, and labor in homes to work in modern shops. Note also the sense of gendered disorder as men and women labor together in the Greene Street photograph and the all-male order in the photograph of the modern shop. Ethnicity and race are also obscured; only signs of sexual differences are visible.

From Sweated work, weak bodies: anti-sweatshop campaigns and languages of labor by Daniel E. Bender

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  • Figure 8 "Shop on Greene Street" and "Machine Room of a Large Modern Shop" (from A General Survey of the Sanitary Conditions of the Shops in the Cloak Industry [New York: Joint Board of Sanitary Control, 1911], 28; image from the collection of the Tamiment-Wagner Labor Archives, New York University). The JBSC used such comparisons of tenement and modern shops to depict progress toward a model shop. Filth is compared to order, confusion to rationality, and labor in homes to work in modern shops. Note also the sense of gendered disorder as men and women labor together in the Greene Street photograph and the all-male order in the photograph of the modern shop. Ethnicity and race are also obscured; only signs of sexual differences are visible.