April A-Z, Historical Photographs, Letters T through V

This month we’re participating in the April A-Z blogging challenge. Never fear, our regularly scheduled podcast episodes will still release every other Thursday. In between those episodes, enjoy some historical photographs themed to the letter of the day. This page will be updated each day until we run through our letters for this batch, and then we’ll start a new page with new letters. I hope this brings some new history resources to light for you!

T is for Turpentine

It’s sticky, it’s stinky, and if you grew up in southern Georgia, at some point your class was whisked away on a field trip to get a taste of life at the turn of the 20th century and and you had to look at lots of rusty equipment used to harvest it.

Yet I don’t remember being shown any photographs of the actual harvesting on this trip. That might have caught some attention.

To be fair, though the field trip was interesting the first time the class went, but for some reason my school decided to make it a yearly outing. There’s only so many times a little kid can look at a stump and act enthused.

–Image Credit: B. L. Singley, Library of Congress Collection.

–April 23, 2015

U is for Umbrella

One more from the National Child Labor Committee Collection.

The caption for this one is “This is the Day Nursery in the beet fields. Babies have to amuse themselves under the direction of those who are too small to work. Ordway, Colorado. Location: Ordway, Colorado.” Poor kids. I’m sure it was hot out there.

–Image Credit: Lewis Wickes Hines, National Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress Collection

–April 24, 2015

V is for Vaccinations

This little girl is getting a typhoid vaccine in 1943.

Thank goodness for modern medicine. Because of vaccination efforts like this, we don’t worry about typhoid any more. Be sure to keep up to date on your vaccines (barring health reasons that would prevent you from doing so) so we don’t have a resurgence of terrible diseases.

–Image Credit: John Vachon, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs, Library of Congress Collection.

–April 25, 2015

–Connie B. Dowell

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