Where we worked: department stores.

Lundy Brewington, Norfolk VA – elevator conductor, circa 1910.

R. Henry McNeely, Statesville NC – porter, Polk-Gray Drug Company, 1920s.

William McNeely, New York NY – elevator operator, circa 1930.

Jimmie Reaves, Greenville NC – deliveryman for department store, circa 1930; department store maintenance man, circa 1940.

Bertha Reaves, Greenville NC – department store “elevator girl,” circa 1940.

Bessie Henderson Smith, Wilson NC – “elevator girl,” circa 1940.

The thirteenth in an occasional series exploring the ways in which my kinfolk made their livings in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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