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Photograph of children gathering coal beside boxcars, between 1900 and 1910

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Children gathering coal beside boxcars, between 1900 and 1910

Photograph of a little girl, leaning on a carriage containing a bag of coal

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Little girl with a bag of coal, Toronto, between 1900 and 1910

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Hard Times

During hard times, children often collected coal that had spilled along the railway tracks. It was used to heat their family's home.

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