Vocation

Where we worked: laundresses, pressers and a bootblack.

Rachel Barnes Taylor, Wilson NC – laundress, 1900s-1927.

Sarah Henderson Jacobs Silver, Wilson NC – laundress, 1900s-1938.

Ella Mercer Barnes, Wilson NC – wife of Wesley Barnes; laundress, circa 1910.

Mary Mercer Barnes, Wilson NC – wife of Jesse Barnes; laundress, circa 1910.

Ida Colvert Stockton, Statesville NC – laundress, circa 1910.

Julia “Mollie” Henderson Hall Holt, Greensboro NC — washerwoman, circa 1910.

Agnes West Artis, Washington DC – wife of Adam T. Artis Jr.; laundress, circa 1910.

Lon W. Colvert, Statesville NC – owned and operated pressing & cleaning business, 1910s-1920s.

Bertha Taylor Reaves, Wilson NC – laundress, washerwoman, 1910s-1930s.

Selma E. Colvert, Statesville NC – laundress, 1910s.

Blanchard Aldridge, Fremont NC — pressing & cleaning, 1910s.

Hattie Mae Henderson Ricks, Wilson NC – laundress, 1920s-1930s.

Eliza Taylor Taylor, Wilson NC — laundress, circa 1920.

Greeman Taylor, Wilson NC – street bootblack, circa 1920.

Onie Miller, Salisbury NC — washing, circa 1930.

Daisy Barfield, Mount Olive NC — laundress, circa 1924.

Annie Artis Best, Wilson NC – laundress, circa 1930.

Sallie Wynn Manuel, Goldsboro NC — laundress, circa 1930.

Carrie McNeely Colvert, Statesville NC – laundress, 1930s.

Janie McNeely Taylor, Statesville NC – laundress, Statesville Steam Laundry, 1930s.

Frances McNeely, Statesville NC — laundress, Statesville Steam Laundry, 1930s.

Sarah McNeely Green, Statesville NC – laundress, Statesville Steam Laundry, circa 1930.

Sylvia Kornegay Smith, Goldsboro NC – wife of Johnnie Smith; laundress, circa 1930.

Madie Taylor Barnes, New York NY  – presser, dress factory, 1930s-1940s.

Vera Barnes, New York NY – presser, dress factory, circa 1940.

Rachel Barnes Stevens, New York NY  – presser, dress factory, circa 1940.

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The fifth 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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