Female workers, wool factory, 1883.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. The power looms, the type shown here were already considered to be 'old' by the time of the 1851 exhibition, only required 'minders' to replenish their thread and oversee the proces. The hours of women factory workers had recently been limited to a maximum of ten per day, and the ILN commented that the women here, rather than being exhausted and exploited were 'sturdy-looking' .