Working in the Coal Mines

The Ball children pictured in this school photo grew up near Athens, Ohio where their father, George, supported his family as a coal miner. Ethel Ball was the oldest sibling and worked as a schoolteacher.  Based on Ethel's outfit matching the woman behind her I suspect she was teaching when this photo was taken. I... Continue Reading →

She Worked Hard for Her Money

It seems that Vera Norris and Bertha Whitney were no strangers to hard work.  As teenagers in the early 1900s, both girls worked as servants.  I suspect the person who wrote on the reverse of this RPPC (real photo postcard) would have positioned the names directly behind the sitter that each represented, which means Vera... Continue Reading →

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