Being a botanist, Kinney would have had an interest in pollination and bees. It would not surprise me to learn that Kinney kept bees. It was a surprised to see his children, Foster and Elizabeth, with their small bee keeping suits, tending to the hives. These images feel honest and show the connection that Kinney had with his children. They demonstrate how Kinney taught his children, hands on, real life skills, and then documented the work that they did. The images remind me of Lewis Hines' child labor images from the same time period.
|Foster bee keeping|
|Lewis W. Hine , Cotton-Mill Worker|